Under the Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act (S. 2240), which was introduced this month, the Department of Health & Human Services will pay Medicare beneficiaries $75 to register their advance directives.
As I have reviewed before, most legislative and regulatory attempts have tried to promote advance care planning by paying clinicians more. Those efforts failed. In contrast, the instant bill focuses on providing financial incentives to the beneficiaries themselves.
Basically, DHHS will develop accreditation criteria and accredit certain providers of advance directives. Once a beneficiary has adopted a certified advance directive, she can register it under the DHHS program and earn the incentive payment.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
DHHS Will Pay You $75 to Register Your Advance Directive
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.