Friday, June 29, 2018

PCHETA Mark-Up in the House of Representatives

The Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) was advanced by the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health on June 27, 2018.
PCHETA (S. 693 and HR.1676) was first developed by NHPCO, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and is now embraced by 53 organizations through the Patient Quality of Life Coalition.

This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would provide palliative medicine training in a variety of settings, including hospice.  PCHETA will also establish a program to enable hospice and palliative physicians to train teams of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals in palliative and hospice care techniques. Additionally, PCHETA will expand the types of professionals trained to provide hospice care, including nurses and clinical social workers. Learn more about PCHETA.

As a hospice and palliative care advocate, it is imperative that you continue to call and email your Members of Congress in the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding this legislation.
PCHETA is sponsored in the Senate by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).  In the House of Representatives, Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Buddy Carter (R-GA) lead the bill.
  • View the current list of cosponsors – in the Senate and in the House.
NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network extend deep appreciation to the many professionals and hospice advocates that supported efforts to move this legislation forward.

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