The Quality and Standards Committee is responsible for promoting quality hospice and community-based palliative care through NHPCO programmatic initiatives.

The Committee is also responsible for updating the NHPCO Standards of Practice for Hospice Programs, including systematic ongoing review and revision of the Standards document to ensure compliance with regulations and best practices.

In addition, the committee assists with development of NHPCO quality resources, including performance measures, performance improvement resources, and hospice quality reporting program support materials.

Expectations of Committee Service

Quality and Standards Committee Members should be prepared to spend 2-3 hours per month on committee work.

Committee members serve two-year terms.

Meetings and Conference Calls

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

The full Quality and Standards Committee meets every month by conference call for 90 minutes. Work Groups meet by conference call on an ad hoc basis, depending on the particular needs of each project as it progresses. Committee members are expected to participate in at least one Work Group during the year.

General Committee Member Expectations

Meet deadlines agreed upon by the committee. Committee work often includes drafting materials for quality related support materials and resources that are made available to NHPCO 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 the committee agrees to work on projects according to NHPCO strategic priorities.

Full Council member expectations can be found in the Guidelines for Committees and Councils.

Membership affiliation:
Any employee or volunteer of a Provider, Palliative Care, State, or Associate member of NHPCO is eligible to serve on a Committee or Council. Individuals must meet the membership eligibility requirement based on current membership status. NHPCO membership information is available at or by calling NHPCO’s Solutions Center at 800/646-6460.

Aparna Gupta, VP Quality
Karuna L. Tamrakar, Program Specialist, Quality