The bill now moves to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, and will likely be considered the week following the 4th of July recess.
PCHETA (S. 693 and HR.1676) was first developed by NHPCO, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is now embraced by 53 organizations through the Patient Quality of Life Coalition. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would provide palliative medicine training in a variety of settings, including hospice. PCHETA will also establish a program to enable hospice and palliative physicians to train teams of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals in palliative and hospice care techniques. Additionally, PCHETA will expand the types of professionals trained to provide hospice care, including nurses and clinical social workers. Learn more about PCHETA.
It is imperative that all hospice and palliative care advocates continue to call and email their Members of Congress on the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding this legislation. Advocates can access sample letter/email templates along with other useful materials in the Hospice Action Network’s Advocacy Action Center.
PCHETA is sponsored in the Senate by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). In the House of Representatives, Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Buddy Carter (R-GA) lead the bill. In the House, PCHETA currently boasts 281 cosponsors. View the current list of cosponsors: in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.