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Public Policy Committee

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 2018 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.

Committee Roster

Staff Liaison: Sharon Pearce, Vice President, Public Policy, 703-837-3133

Time Commitment

Public Policy Committee Members should be prepared to spend an average of 2.5 hours per month on committee work. Depending on the policy issues and the Congressional calendar 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 actively participate 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 an additional face-to-face meeting in the Washington, DC area every other year, around federal elections.

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.
  • Present/participate in educational sessions and forums.
  • Work with the NHPCO staff and committee chair to support the NHPCO legislative agenda.
  • Agree to work on projects according to the priorities for the organization.
  • Support NHPCO advocacy activities throughout the year through local engagement and participation in community wide events on Capitol Hill.
  • Notify the Staff Liaison of changes in contact information.

Review Committee and Council Guidelines