In 2016, the first year that health care providers could bill for advance care planning, nearly 575,000 Medicare patients benefited from the consultation. Use was nearly double than that projected by the American Medical Association but it was still only slightly more than 1 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries. Also, use varied widely among states, from 0.2 percent in Alaska to 2.5 percent in Hawaii, partly because many primary care physicians aren’t aware of the Medicare reimbursement ($86 for the first 30-minute office visit and about $75 for additional sessions). To read more, go to Kaiser Health News at