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House of Representatives Passes Key Hospice Bill

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2019 12:31 PM

On Monday, October 29, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA).  This legislation would make great improvements in training, education and provision of palliative and hospice care.  The Bill moves to the Senate for them to vote.

PCHETA changes the Public Health Service Act increasing the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, as well as promotes education and research in palliative care and hospice and supports the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.

The previous Congress’ House approved PCHETA, but it did not go to vote in the Senate because concerns were raised by a few Senators who feared that the legislation would allow for physician-assisted deaths from a federal perspective. Those concerns have since been alleviated.

Source: NAHC Report

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