Enhance Palliative and Hospice Education and Training

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Our nation’s need for appropriately trained hospice and palliative care professionals will continue to grow at a fast pace.

Studies indicate that patients receiving earlier exposure to palliative care had:

  • Lower rates of inpatient admissions in the last 30 days of life (33 percent vs. 66 percent)

  • Lower rates of ICU use in the last month of life (5 percent vs. 20 percent)

  • Fewer emergency department visits in the last month of life (34 percent vs. 39 percent)

  • Fewer deaths within three days of hospital discharge (16 percent vs. 39 percent)

  • Lower 30-day mortality rates post hospital admission (33 percent vs. 66 percent)

To begin to address the anticipated need for trained palliative care professionals, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Elliott Engel (D-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Earl Carter (R-GA), and in the Senate by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). PCHETA would increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited medical, nursing, and social work schools, and other programs; promote education and research in palliative care and hospice and support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine. Previous iterations of this legislation enjoyed widespread Congressional and public support. Read more here ... Specific Legislative Information is here.

Ask you members of Congress to co-sponsor the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (S. 693 / HR. 1676)

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