End-of-life planning is verbal or written information provided to the beneficiary regarding:
The beneficiary’s ability to prepare an advance directive in the case that an injury or illness causes the beneficiary to be unable to make health care decisions, and
Whether or not the physician is willing to follow the beneficiary’s wishes as expressed in the advance directive.
Of course, since this is probably the first Medicare service for most patients, it is likely the patient will pay out of pocket as part of her/his Part B deductible. But the most serious limitation of this benefit is that beneficiaries can only take advantage of thisone-timewithin their first six months of Medicare Part B coverage.