Friday, September 19, 2014
IOM recommends major reforms in reimbursement for end-of-life care
The Institute of Medicine has recommended massive reforms in the country’s end-of-life care systems, according to a story by Pam Belluck in the New York Times Thursday Sept. 17, on p. A17, link here. The master link for the report itself is here.
Changes include reimbursement for end-of-life counseling discussions, more emphasis on home care, and removal of unnecessary incentives for hospital care.
In my own mother’s situation, I was offered the opportunity to send her either to the hospital or to hospice for her last crisis in December 2010, after many hospitalizations already, at the age of 97.