NHPCO Responds to Opioid Crisis
The Senate Finance Committee recently solicited input from NHPCO and other stakeholders on ways to address the opioid epidemic as it relates to Medicare, Medicaid, and Human Services programs. NHPCO responded to the inquiry, outlining some important details regarding opioids’ role in end-of-life care, how the hospice community is actively working toward avoiding drug diversion and how hospice and palliative care providers can play an even greater role in helping with the treatment of serious pain.
NHPCO also highlighted how many hospices offer grief and bereavement support to communities that are experiencing loss as a result of the opioid epidemic.
NHPCO will continue to work closely with policymakers state and federal policy changes do not unintentionally impair the hospice and palliative care community’s ability to effectively manage their patient’s pain and symptoms.
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