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Public Policy Committee

Committee Description The Public Policy Committee closely monitors congressional and Administrative activity on hospice and palliative care issues, including following the activities of CMS, GAO, MedPAC and other federal agencies to analyze their impact on the legislative process.  Activities include the development of NHPCO’s legislative agenda, monitoring and analyzing federal budget recommendations, monitoring the introduction of healthcare legislation as it might impact the hospice and palliative care community, preparing letters to congressional offices stating NHPCO's position on proposed or pending legislation and identifying needs for education on the federal legislative process.   The committee's work in 2014 will include: the continued protection of hospice reimbursement; pursuing legislative opportunities to expand access to hospice services and fighting challenges to access; and other legislative initiatives. Requirements for committee members include: a history of significant involvement in hospice legislative issues; and an ongoing, daily working knowledge of the federal legislative process and its impact on hospice and palliative care providers.

Committee Roster

Staff Contact:  
Angie Truesdale, Vice President, Public Policy
Caitlin Reicks, Program Assistant, Health Policy

Time Commitment

Public Policy Committee Members should be prepared to spend 2.5 hours per month on committee work.  Depending on the policy issues this commitment could grow.  In addition, there are opportunities for greater involvement through subcommittee and special project work.

Committee members serve two-year terms.

Meetings and Conference Calls

Committee members are expected to participate actively in a majority of committee meetings and functions.  Materials should be read prior to the next committee meeting. Committee members are asked to notify the staff liaison if they will not be available for a conference call or meeting.

The Public Policy Committee meets monthly by conference call for 90 minutes.

Public Policy Committee members are expected to attend face-to-face committee meetings at NHPCO’s Management and Leadership Conference and Clinical Team Conference as well as an additional face-to-face meeting in the Washington, DC area each year.

NHPCO does not pay for travel-related expenses for committee members.  It is the committee member’s responsibility to assume any related travel expenses.

General Committee Member Expectations

  • Meet deadlines agreed upon by the committee.  Committee work often includes drafting materials for monographs, surveys, position papers, articles, etc.
  • Answer questions regarding committee work from NHPCO members.  NHPCO staff will refer member questions regarding committee work to committee members.
  • Present/participate in educational sessions and forums.
  • Work with the NHPCO staff and committee chair to complete the committee's work plan.  Each year committees agree to work on projects according to the priorities for the organization.
  • Notify the Staff Liaison of changes in contact information.

NHPCO Standing Committee Application Information