Many of the recommended changes could be accomplished without legislation. Other recommendations are just common sense AND would save a lot of money.
Here’s a summary of the recommendations:
- Reimburse health care providers for conversations on advanced care planning.
- Restructure Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care delivery programs.
- Eliminate perverse financial incentives that encourage expensive hospital procedures when low-tech services like pain management and home health care are available.
- Finally, accredited medical schools and groups as well as health providers should greatly increase training in palliative care.
My opinion is these changes cannot happen soon enough. I hope such reporting, accompanied by public outrage, continues.