Evidence is growing that having a discussion sooner rather than later with your trusted personal physician about plans for late in life could pay off tremendously, wrote UTMB’s Dr. Howard Brody in this guest column. “Early discussions of one’s options at the end of life have now been shown to be linked to a number of desirable results. Patients report better quality of life and less troublesome symptoms in the time they have remaining. … Will Medicare step up and encourage physicians to have those discussions by providing fair reimbursement?”