CMS Reverses Rule on Voluntary Advance Care Planning

Jan 21, 2011

Just days after the new Medicare regulation to allow end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical exam began, the Obama administration reversed its decision.  On January 5, CMS announced that the first annual wellness visit and subsequent annual wellness visits in Medicare will not include voluntary advance care planning.  CMS cited an error in procedure led to the reversal of the rule.

 As advocates for self-determination, NASW is disappointed with the decision.

Focus on Gerontology: Managing the Aging Baby Boomers

Focus on Gerontology: Managing the Aging Baby Boomers

By Peter Craig The aging baby boomer population is reaching critical mass. In 2020, according to the Census Bureau, that group numbered some 73 million—the second-largest segment of the U.S. population after Millennials—with 55.8 million of boomers, or 16.8% of the...