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Key House Panel Advances Hospice Legislation

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 7:04 PM

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health advanced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) on Wednesday, June 27.

PCHETA would increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited medical, nursing and social work programs.

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)

The PCHETA, if passed, would strengthen the training and education for current and new physicians.  The Act would also create a national education campaign to stress the importance and benefits of palliative care to both providers and patients, it also will create academic and career incentive awards by providing grants or contracts to health professionals who agree to teach or practice in the palliative care field for at least five years.

 

Source: NAHC Report


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