National Institutes of Health Offers Funding Opportunities in Palliative Care

The National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health has announced two funding opportunities, both called “Palliative Care in Home and Community Settings,” intended to stimulate research to determine needs and best practices for the integration of palliative care into home and community settings. For both opportunities, open dates for submission start…

Bipartisan Group of Senators Pledge to Advance Palliative Care

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have launched a new caucus focusing on the furthering of palliative care. Officially titled the Comprehensive Care Caucus, the group is Co-chaired by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). In announcing their caucus, the Senators plan to “raise awareness and work towards…

Bipartisan Legislation to Grow the Palliative Care Workforce Introduced in Congress

NAHC advocacy effort succeeds Please support this important legislation NOW! It takes only a few seconds On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bipartisan reform to grow, improve and sustain the palliative care and hospice…

Senators Promote Palliative Care as NHSC-eligible Primary Care Service

Additional efforts are under way in Congress to help address the growing need for palliative-care trained medical practitioners.  The latest legislation – The Provider Training in Palliative Care Act (S. 1921) – is aimed at recognizing palliative care medicine as an eligible primary care service under the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program.  If enacted,…

NASHP Releases Palliative Care Primer Aimed at State Policymakers

In late 2018, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) launched a project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation designed to explore the role states play in improving access to and quality of palliative care for individuals with serious illnesses.  The collaborative has already yielded a number of useful items, including a “resource…

States Grapple with the Opioid Epidemic and Pain Management

Florida bill would make it easier to prescribe for hospice patients The opioid epidemic claims about 115 lives per day in the United States, a rate that has grown by 4000 percent since 1999. Nearly half of these opioid-related fatalities involve a prescription drug, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In March…

CDC Clarifies Applicability of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Excepts End-of-Life and Palliative Care

The Centers for Disease Control has released a letter clarifying that its 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was not intended to apply to cancer treatment, palliative care, or end of life care. Recent efforts by policymakers to stem the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse  culminated in the enactment of the 2018 SUPPORT…

NAHC and Partners Launch Survey to Assess Interest in Palliative Care Specialty Training and Certification

The survey is available HERE. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) have developed the following brief survey for home health and hospice providers to gauge the degree of interest in pursuing palliative specialty training and/or certification in hospice and palliative…

NAHC and Partners Launch Survey to Assess Interest in Palliative Care Specialty Training and Certification

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) have developed the following brief survey for home health and hospice providers to gauge the degree of interest in pursuing palliative specialty training and/or certification in hospice and palliative care for…

State Health Policy Center Expands Resources on State Strategies to Address Palliative Care Access

As previously referenced in NAHC Report, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has established a Resource Hub designed to assist states in advancing the development of palliative care.  More recently, NASHP has expanded the site to include two resources for use in this regard: Advancing Palliative Care for Adults with Serious Illness: A…