End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

Politics trump policy on ‘death panels’by Blaine


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By: Brett Coughlin
January 5, 2011 06:34 PM EST

A federal regulation to pay for end-of-life counseling — dubbed “death panels” by critics — has been pulled by the White House . . . .

Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Denver-based Compassion and Choices – an organization that works to improve end-of-life care – said she is disappointed with the decision to pull the reg.

“Including advance planning in the wellness visit was the right thing to do. The volume of data and every respected, knowledgeable expert in the country confirmed that it was the right thing to do. We hope that what the White House has said is true and that this is some minor procedural clean up and that advance planning will be back in the wellness visit,” Coombs Lee said.