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Committees and Councils

Review Committee and Council Guidelines

  • Professional Education CommitteeThe Professional Education Committee helps to identify professional practice gaps in the field, identify educational needs, advise NHPCO staff on the development and delivery of professional development activities, assist in the evaluation of professional development activities and in evaluating the effectiveness of NHPCO’s Professional Development program. The following subcommittees offer opportunities for enhanced involvement in Committee work (each Committee member serves on at least one): Physician Education and Conference Planning Committees. The Professional Education Committee meets every other month; subcommittees meet as needed to advance the goals of the Committee. 
  • Public Policy Committee The Public Policy Committee closely monitors Congressional and administrative activity on hospice and palliative care issues, including the activities of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), US Government Accountability Office (US GAO), Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (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, 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 2016 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 and palliative care legislative issues at the federal level; prior NHPCO committee service or a substantive participation in NHPCO advocacy activities; and an ongoing, daily working knowledge of the federal legislative process and its impact on hospice and palliative care providers.  Meets monthly.
  • Quality & Standards CommitteeNHPCO’s Quality and Standards Committee is responsible for promoting quality end-of-life care through NHPCO’s national quality program, Quality Partners® and other NHPCO programmatic activities. 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 and QAPI program support materials. Meetings are monthly.
  • Regulatory CommitteeNHPCO’s Regulatory Committee closely monitors federal activity around hospice and palliative care issues, reviews proposed regulations and provides appropriate comments, and analyzes and interprets regulations put into effect by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies. The Regulatory Committee reviews reports and publications from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Department of Justice, and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and communicates with providers about program integrity and compliance issues from these agencies.  The Regulatory Committee work aims to predict the impact of these regulations, provide the hospice community with resources for implementation, and provide the education necessary for hospice providers to achieve and maintain compliance with all relevant regulations. Meets monthly.

Advisory Councils

  • Diversity Advisory Council: provides information, guidance and technical expertise to NHPCO and its members related to serving diverse populations, with the goal of increasing access to universal hospice and palliative care services for those who are underserved. The Council participates in helping set the direction of NHPCO’s efforts to support provider members as they expand and continue their efforts to increase access for diverse populations, assist with the development of resources and tools related to serving diverse populations and offer recommendations regarding presenters and content for education. Meets monthly.
  • Ethics Advisory Council: focuses on ethical issues identified by the Council, the Board of Directors, and NHPCO members. The Council plays a central role in advising and updating organizational stakeholders on ethical issues in hospice and palliative care by (a) providing ethics content and opportunities for discussion across NHPCO's learning and professional development platforms; (b) authoring and updating relevant NHPCO technical publications; and (c) serving as an interdisciplinary resource in ethics to NHPCO leaders. Meets every other month.
  • Pediatrics Advisory Councilprovides strategic guidance to NHPCO related to pediatric hospice and palliative care. It is comprised of members from NHPCO’s Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS). Activities include: ChiPPS quarterly E-Journal, Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care educational offerings, Pediatric Standards of Care for Hospice Programs and other pediatric resource development initiatives.  


  • Corporate/Foundation CouncilThe primary objectives of the Council are to expand our reach, listen to and engage the corporate/foundation world and identify external corporate and/or foundation sources for financial and in-kind support for National Hospice Foundation.
  • Signature Events Council: The primary objective of the Council is to execute the signature event initiatives of the National Hospice Foundation. 

Review Committee and Council Guidelines