Supporting a patient’s care decisions at the end of life is part of the family physician’s responsibility in his or her partnership with the patient. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) believes that each individual has the right to decide what medical treatment he or she will receive. This right includes decisions about what life-sustaining treatment should be provided at the end of his or her life.
The AAFP endorses end-of-life care that embodies the following principles:
Joint Letter to CMS Advocating Separate Payment for ACP Codes - December 30, 2014(5 page PDF)
AAFP Letter Responding to the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - December 9, 2014(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to House of Representaives Supporting the Personalize Your Care Act (HR 1173) - July 10, 2013(2 page PDF)
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