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Hospice Legislation Comes Closer to House Vote

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2019 12:39 AM

The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) has reached the 290 cosponsors needed for the bill to come to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

PCHETA, if passed, will establish fellowship programs within new palliative care and hospice education centers to provide short-term, intensive training on palliative care and hospice. These courses will provide additional training for medical school faculty and other educators in health care fields like nursing, pharmacy, social work and chaplaincy.

“PCHETA is an imperative. We are running into provider shortages. As we approach 2030 there are estimates that the population of people age 65 and older is going to grow exponentially, and at the same time the population of physicians that we have right now will be looking at their own retirement,” Emily Baehr, director of hospice services for St. Barnabas Hospice in Pennsylvania, told Hospice News. “We are seeing an increased need for clinicians in hospice, palliative and geriatric medicine, and so PCHETA is really pushing to get education programs not just for the current providers, but also to ensure that there are enough providers that are trained appropriately to meet those needs down the line.”

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