House Introduces Hospice Integrity Legislation

On February 10, the House of Representatives introduced the “HOSPICE” Act to address issues related to hospice program integrity. See below for NHPCO’s public statement on this legislation: For Immediate Release:February 10, 2020 NHPCO Releases Statement on House Program Integrity Legislation (Alexandria, VA) – Today the House of Representatives introduced the “Helping Our Senior Population in…

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RAH Update – CBO Score!

We recently got some great news: the Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing the Rural Access to Hospice Act would only cost $5 million over ten years. While that sounds like a lot of money to us normal folks, in the scheme of the United States budget, that is not a lot of money. That…

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2020 Leadership & Advocacy Conference – REGISTER NOW!

2020 Leadership & Advocacy ConferenceMarch 23 – 24, 2020: Preconference (Advocacy Training Sessions will be Monday afternoon, and Congressional Meetings will be all day Tuesday)March 25 – 27, 2020: Main Conference Registration for the 2020 Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC) is NOW OPEN! Learn current hospice and palliative care federal policy and advocacy techniques from experienced lobbyists, industry…

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PCHETA Removed from Mark-Up

Some unfortunate news – PCHETA has been removed from today’s HELP Committee Markup. It is our understanding that the Department of Health and Human Services raised concerns about some of the accreditation language in the bill. While we are working to understand the exact nature of their concerns, we are committed to providing an appropriate…

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PCHETA Scheduled for Mark-Up Next Week!

The HAN team is excited to announce that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee will consider the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA, S.2080) during a mark-up on December 12th at 10:00 AM ET. HELP Committee Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray were negotiating the final bill text earlier…

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In Case You Missed It – Edo Banach, NHPCO President and CEO Testifies at Ways and Means Hearing

Despite all the hustle and bustle around the impeachment hearings, last Thursday, November 14, Congress took time to conduct a hearing on Caring for Aging Americans. An issue that is undoubtedly nonpartisan and far less controversial, but one that is being discussed more and more often as America’s baby boomer population ages and caregivers are…

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Senate Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Transparency and Oversight in Hospice

Today, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Hospice Care Improvement Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that addresses hospice program integrity, transparency, and education. The legislation follows the release of the July 2019 Office of the Inspector General reports that cited hospice deficiencies and serious incidents of patient abuse.  NHPCO…

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EXCITING NEWS – PCHETA PASSED THE HOUSE

So, we finally made it here! After months and months of action alerts, tweets and Facebook posts, letters to the editors, and op-eds urging Members of Congress to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA/H.R.647), the legislation passed the House unanimously via voice vote after having garnered 296 cosponsors! If enacted,…

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In Case You Missed It – Congress Passes the ACE Kids Act (H.R.1839)

Written by Nicholas Telesco, Hospice Action Network Intern: In exciting news, the ACE Kids Act, which will alleviate coordination issues children with medically complex conditions face, has become law! The bill, which was included in the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1839) was introduced by Reps. Paul Ruiz (D-CA-36), Markwayne Mullin…

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