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The Inside Scoop: Federal Policy on Advanced Illness and End-of-Life Care

By Kim Callinan, Chief Program Officer, and Mark Dann, Federal Affairs Director

In 2015, our nation saw progress on the federal policy front as it relates to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life for the first time in years. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a new regulation that allows doctors to be paid to have conversations with their patients about their values and priorities at the end of life.  

This action demonstrates that as a nation, we are now more willing to honestly talk about and address important end-of-life issues.

The federal policy team at Compassion & Choices is committed to keeping interested supporters up to date on what is happening on the federal policy front as it relates to end-of-life care and choice.  This blog represents the inaugural issue of a regular series, The Inside Scoop: Federal Policy on Advanced Illness and End-of-Life Choice. If you would like to stay current on federal issues, please:

To help you start this year off in the know, we prepared this summary of pending legislation on the Hill that we are tracking. They are all bipartisan bills. 

Enhancing Clinician-Patient Communication and Advance Care Planning:

Improving End-of-Life Professional Education and Development

Strengthening the Delivery of Person-Centered Family-Oriented Care

Stay tuned! We are in the process of analyzing this legislation to determine whether we will endorse. We also anticipate that more legislation will be introduced in 2016!