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Senators Promote Palliative Care as NHSC-Eligible Primary Care Service

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2019 12:06 PM

New legislation in the Senate, The Provider Training in Palliative Care Act is trying to establish palliative care as a primary care service under the National Health Service Corp (NHSC).  If the Act in passed, it would likely lead to training in palliative care and contribute to availability in rural and underserviced areas. 

“When a patient receives a serious medical diagnosis, the list of symptoms and side effects from the illness and its treatments can be extensive. For those patients, palliative care plays a significant role in minimizing pain and discomfort and maximizing quality of life,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). “By officially recognizing palliative care as a subspecialty of public health services, we’re opening the door for those working in the industry to access the training they need to give their patients the quality care they deserve.  For a state like Alaska, which faces a shortage of palliative care physicians against a rapidly growing aging population, this change in terminology is important.”

Source: NAHC Report

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