“Roughly 25 million Americans have been subjected to unwanted medical treatment, and that means we have a healthcare system that does not listen to patients,” said Compassion & Choices National and Federal Programs Director Daniel Wilson in a recent article. Now two important initiatives are underway that would work in concert to remedy this issue, and you can help ensure they succeed.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policy changes in July to reimburse physicians for having advance care planning discussions with their patients. And the Care Planning Act of 2015, sponsored by U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), would create additional layers of assurance that patient wishes will be honored across a variety of settings. It brings in loved ones and healthcare representatives to understand and support the choices the patient makes, and even allows for the training of people in the patient’s inner circle of family and caregivers to help implement the plan when the time comes.
The more control people have over medical treatment at the end of life, the less suffering they will endure. Add your voice in support of these crucial improvements to America’s healthcare system. The CMS is accepting comments until September 8 here (the page will take a moment to load). Some suggested points include:
And we’ve created an easy way for you to send a letter to lawmakers in support of the Care Planning Act here.