Key Webinar: State Policies to Support People with Serious Illness

Also great new resources on the role of states in palliative care The National Academy for State Health Policy (NAHSP) will host an important new webinar on state palliative care efforts on February 22, 2021, at 4:00PM Eastern. Register here. Palliative care can improve outcomes and avoid costly and often unwanted treatments for people with…

NAHC Urges White House, Congressional Action on Palliative Care Priorities for 2021

The National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care, of which the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a member, recently submitted a comprehensive set of legislative and regulatory recommendations to the Biden Administration and to key leaders of the 117th Congress.  The recommendations lay out the policy agenda that the Coalition intends…

Public Comment Sought on Community-based Palliative Care Measures

In September 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded seven organizations new cooperative agreements to partner in developing, improving, updating, or expanding quality measures for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP).  Among these cooperative agreements, authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), was a $5.5 million grant to…

NAHC to NIH: Include our Palliative Care Recommendations in COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined like-minded organizations in the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care in writing a letter to the National Institutes of Health, urging that our expert palliative care content be included in COVID-19 treatment guidelines. NAHC applauds NIH’s timely development and dissemination of the National…

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…