Virtual Advocacy Week Final Numbers

The HAN team is deeply appreciative for all of the hospice and palliative care advocates who took action last week by calling, emailing, and messaging their lawmakers via social media regarding the need for a 1135 waiver for hospice and increased funding and availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the provider community. As of…

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A Goodbye From Lauren Drew

While the timing is not ideal, I wanted to let the community know that after five years with HAN and NHPCO, I am moving on to a new opportunity. I am staying in the healthcare advocacy space, and going to the National Kidney Foundation to be their new Director of Congressional Relations. I am so…

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NHPCO Sends Letter to White House Requesting 1135 Disaster Waiver for Hospice

Visit nhpco.org/coronavirus for more resources and information pertaining to COVID-19 Amid COVID-19 spread and rising concerns related to the virus, NHPCO has submitted a letter to the White House requesting a disaster waiver for hospice. See NHPCO’s official press release below: For Immediate Release:March 11, 2020 NHPCO Sends Letter to White House Requesting 1135 Disaster…

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COVID-19 Information

As new cases of Corona Virus (COVID-19) are confirmed in the United States, it’s imperative that the hospice and palliative care community is equipped with emergency preparedness resources and information regarding this virus. NHPCO’s COVID-19 Information Page provides: Updates About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Healthcare Provider Operations on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Related to Medical Supplies…

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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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