Medicare beneficiaries may now discuss options for end-of-life care with their health care providers. Beneficiaries were always free to talk about advance care planning with their doctors or other qualified health professionals. Unfortunately, however, until recently practitioners could be reimbursed for such discussions only during a patient’s “Welcome to Medicare” visit. Under new regulations effective.. read more →

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. will be speaking at the “First Annual End Of Life Conference: Legal and Practical Issues in Advance Care Planning” presented by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the NJ Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ This program,.. read more →

Today, most states authorize the use of some form of psychiatric advance directive (PAD). PADs are similar to the more familiar “advance medical directive,” typically used in connection with end-of-life medical decision-making. An “advance medical directive” (also known as a “health care advance directive” or “instruction directive”) is a written statement made by a patient.. read more →