Join Us Next Week for Virtual Hill Week!

Our Annual Virtual Hill Week is next week, July 17-21, and we want you to commit to making three phone calls to Congress! We have a Call Module on our website that will match you to the correct Members of Congress, and we have even prepared a short script for you to read.

This is a simple action you can take from the comfort of your home, or office, or car, or wherever you are! This action takes little time for you, but is a huge help in educating Congress about the importance of hospice and palliative care to the American people. If we don’t tell them that it matters to us, they will assume it does not matter.

An email will come out later in the week with additional information. Until then, round up some friends and mark your calendars to make a difference for hospice and palliative care patients next week, during our Virtual Hill Week 2017!

Thanks for your support!




Before you head out for the weekend….

Take off those sunglasses and refresh yourself with the latest hospice and palliative care news:

Registration Closes TODAY For the 2017 Advocacy Intensive! Register here now!
Thank you to the over 200 Advocates who have registered for this event! Registration closes TODAY, Friday June 30, but email us if you have a last minute registration and we will try to squeeze you in. While at the event, attendees will learn about important legislation, how to speak to Congress, and how to be a good advocate back home.  Here is a sneak peek of what to expect!

Regulatory Update:
CMS Releases FY2017 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule
…And NHPCO Submits its Response Letter

News from DC
The Patient Choice and Quality Care Act is introduced in the House and Senate

The CHRONIC Bill makes if through the Senate’s Finance Committee

New NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach Begins his Summer Listening Tour

Advocacy Shout-Out:

Over fifteen-hundred e-mails were sent to Congress this month regarding the Patient Choice and Quality Care Act! Congratulations to all the hospice advocates who contacted their Congressmen. If you haven’t yet taken action, do it here today!

Looking Ahead:               
NHCPO’s Creative Arts Contest Closes July 21st!
Learn more about the official rules and how to submit your artwork by visiting the NHPCO Creative Arts Contest website today!

Virtual Hill Week is July 17-21! Can’t make it to DC for the Advocacy Intensive? That same week, you can support your fellow Advocates by calling Congress and asking for their support! Watch for an email from HAN about how to participate!

Good Reads:

Congress is Still Listening to YOU!

Protecting Pediatric Palliative Care

To the Nursing Assistants

As always, we are here to answer your questions! We love hearing from you. You can reach us at, on Facebook and Twitter, and of course on our website.

Enjoy the warmer weather!

PS: Let’s keep sending those letters to Congress on behalf of all hospice and palliative care legislation. Click here to enter our Legislative Action Center!

Kinnser Software Champions Hospice Care Advocates in Washington, D.C.

The Hospice Action Network is grateful to have the support of Kinnser Software for the Advocacy Intensive for a second year. They shared the post below with us. Kinnser Software, along with Hospice Pharmacy Solutions, supports scholarships for individuals in key states and congressional districts to attend the event. Thank you!

Every day, hospice and palliative care providers like you see the impact of care and compassion on the lives of patients and their families. Every day, caregivers like you bear witness to people nearing the end of their lives and offer much-needed comfort in times of great distress.

But it can be difficult for policymakers to grasp the complexity and profound opportunity of hospice — even though their laws directly affect access to hospice care. That’s why hospice providers, patients, and families need you to share your insights and perspectives with members of Congress during the NHPCO Hospice Action Network’s 2017 Advocacy Intensive, July 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

 The 2017 Advocacy Intensive equips you with the tools and training to share your experiences with elected officials, and Kinnser Software is proud to support this event for another year. Your stories can drive real change and improve care for millions of patients for many years to come. Through advocacy, you have the power to raise policymakers’ awareness of the regulatory and legislative issues that affect hospice care for all Americans.

At Kinnser, supporting hospice care is what we do. We know your work is absolutely vital, and we wish great success for all of you participating in the 2017 Advocacy Intensive! Day in and day out, you make a difference. Now you’re making a difference for the future of hospice care and for your country. Thank you.

NHPCO Submits Comments to FY2018 Proposed Rule

Yesterday, June 26, 2017, NHPCO submitted its comments on the FY2018 Hospice Wage Index proposed rule (PDF). NHPCO thanks the Regulatory, Quality and Standards and Public Policy Committees for their input on this proposed rule, the many members who sent emails about reducing regulatory burden, those who listened to the Listening Sessions, and those who also sent comment letters to CMS.  86 comments were submitted.

Congress is Still Listening to YOU!

               Due to the recent political climate in Washington, D.C., you may wonder what Congress is doing beyond public hearings and news interviews. Fear not! Congress is still working hard to ensure issues that greatly impact Americans are still being addressed. Their progress is only possible by hearing from constituents like you. The 2017 Hospice Action Network Advocacy Intensive is your opportunity to break through the “noise” in Washington. This is your chance to be your patient’s voice.

Demetress Harrell, CEO of Hospice of the Pines, is an Advocacy Intensive veteran.

“I believe in providing excellent quality care with the highest level of integrity and returning to Capitol Hill each year helps to define the destiny our patients,” she writes.

Voices like Demetress’ are being heard and the destiny she writes about is slowly being achieved. Last week, the Patient Choice and Quality Care Act (H.R. 2797, S. 1334) was introduced by hospice champions Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) as well as Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). None of this would have been possible without the support and dedication hospice advocates like you have shown to cultivate their ongoing leadership in Congress.

But there is still work to be done. We need Congressional support for The Patient Choice and Quality Care Act and other legislation important to the hospice and palliative care communities. Register for the 2017 Hospice Action Network Advocacy Intensive and meet with your Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss this legislation and tell the stories of your patients and families.

Your patients and families need a voice on Capitol Hill. You can be that voice and cut through the noise. Register today!

P.S. Continue supporting the Patient Choice and Quality Care Act by writing to them using our E-mail portal!