Monthly Hospice and Palliative Care News Update

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What’s up in Congress:

-Rural Access to Hospice Act Reintroduced in the House
-Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act Reintroduced in the House and Senate
-Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act Reintroduced in the House

Advocacy Opportunities: Advocacy at MLC, the Hill Day attached to NHPCO’s Management and Leadership Conference, is still looking for advocates to represent the following states: OR, UT, NV, AZ, NM, ND, SD, MN, WY, MT, OK, MO, LA, WI, TN, WV,  and DE.   If you or anyone in your organization is attending MLC and wants to come to Hill Day on May 3, registration is open until Friday. The link to register is in the MLC Registration Confirmation email. Please join us to advocate for hospice and palliative care in the new Congress!

Regulatory Watch:
-MedPAC’s Latest Report to Congress: The Hospice Edition
-Trump’s Budget and the Hospice Community

Advocacy Shout out:
Kaweah Delta Hospice hosts Congressional Staff

Latest NHPCO Podcasts:
President Trump’s First Address to Congress
-Hospice Quality Reporting
-The MedPAC Report and Live Discharges

Good Reads:
-A Message from Edo Banach
-It’s About Getting the Care You Want: A Message from NHPCO CEO Edo Banach
Bulldog spreads joy for hospice patients
Cabernet over Chemo: Lessons from Four Docs

Look Ahead:
Also on May 3: Please join us on Capitol Hill for a briefing on Advance Care Planning and National Healthcare Decisions Day at 3:30pm in the Congressional Visitors Center, room 201.

National Healthcare Decisions Day…is now a week! (April 16-22): Are you hosting any NHDD events at your program? Would you like to? Would you like to help educate Congress about the importance of Advance Care Planning? Use our Invitation Template and other resources to involve your Members of Congress in your NHDD events.

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! Remember to thank all the amazing Hospice Volunteers without whom we could not exist!

Mark your Calendars: The Advocacy Intensive, our FREE, two day advocacy conference in Washington, DC, will take place July 17th and 18th at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. If you cannot attend Advocacy at MLC, join us for our hallmark event. Registration Opens May 1.

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