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NHPCO Applauds PCHETA House Passage

For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2018

NHPCO Applauds Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act House Passage, Urges Action in the Senate

(Alexandria, Va) - The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) today commended the passage of the bi-partisan Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 1676) in the House of Representatives by a voice vote.

“We applaud the House’s response to the growing demand for hospice and palliative care by voting to require the Department of Health and Human Services to improve and expand training in these vital healthcare fields,” noted NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach. “By increasing the number of palliative and hospice professionals, even more Americans and families can benefit from this integrated model of patient-centered care that supports physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health.”

The House passage of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) serves as a significant first step to expanding holistic care for all Americans. As Medicare’s first proven coordinated care model, hospice is a program that works, serving more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries every year. In an environment where healthcare appears more and more broken, palliative and hospice care are programs that work well for patients and families and should be preserved and supported as models for the rest of the healthcare delivery system.

NHPCO is now asking the Senate to move quickly to pass this legislation to help secure the future of high-quality hospice and palliative care. Without the support and resources this bill provides, projections anticipate that there will be only one palliative care physician for every 26,000 seriously ill patients by the year 2030. Already a similar measure, S. 693, is supported by 31 bipartisan Senators.

“This predicted shortage of care providers would gravely impact access to quality hospice and palliative care and services for individuals facing serious, advanced or life-limiting illness. We’re calling on Senate leaders to follow the House’s example and rise to meet this challenge,” Banach continued. “Passing this legislation is something Congress can do right now that will directly help their constituents in need of the patient-centered and coordinated care so many prefer.”

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Media Contact:
Jon Radulovic
Vice President, Communications
Ph: 703-837-3139
jradulovic@nhpco.org

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