Barry M. Massie, BA (Harvard), MD (Columbia P&S)

All posts by Barry M. Massie, BA (Harvard), MD (Columbia P&S)

January 6th, 2011

The Shame of Removing Reimbursement for End-of-Life Discussions from Health Care Reform

My recent postings have been about heart failure mortality statistics. Dry stuff! It’s not that I am fixated on death, but yesterday, I learned that CMS (Medicare) has decided not to pay for discussions with patients about prognosis and planning end of life care. Reimbursement for such discussions was a key aspect of the health care […]

December 23rd, 2010

Barry Massie: Looking Back at the Year in Heart Failure

To celebrate the holiday season, CardioExchange asked several of our contributors to choose the most important cardiology-related events of the past year. Barry Massie has focused on heart failure, providing us with his choice of the four most important stories of 2010. 1. Aldosterone antagonists continue their winning streak: Following the convincing reductions in mortality and morbidity […]