We Are Hospice Event on Capitol Hill

On January 15, NHPCO hosted “We Are Hospice”, a resource fair to educate lawmakers and their staff about the value of person-centered care and celebrate the hospice community. The event was cosponsored by the Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and 10 hospice care providers and community partners participated including AAHPM, HPNA, SWPHN, Pet Peace…

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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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My Hospice Ambassador Spotlight: Natalie McNeal

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For My Hospice Ambassadors, like Natalie McNeal, it means acting as a leader in their state to support Medicare’s first coordinated care model and protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit. My Hospice Ambassadors are hospice and palliative care professionals with an interest in advocacy who…

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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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My Hospice Ambassador Spotlight: Emily Baehr

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For My Hospice Ambassadors, like Emily Baehr, it means acting as a leader in their state to support Medicare’s first coordinated care model and protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit. My Hospice Ambassadors are hospice and palliative care professionals with an interest in advocacy who…

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