Enhance Palliative and Hospice Education and Training Act S.2080/H.R. 647
Our nation’s need for appropriately trained hospice and palliative care professionals will continue to grow at a fast pace.
Studies indicate that patients receiving earlier exposure to palliative care had:
- Lower rates of inpatient admissions in the last 30 days of life (33 percent vs. 66 percent)
- Lower rates of ICU use in the last month of life (5 percent vs. 20 percent)
- Fewer emergency department visits in the last month of life (34 percent vs. 39 percent)
- Fewer deaths within three days of hospital discharge (16 percent vs. 39 percent)
- Lower 30-day mortality rates post hospital admission (33 percent vs. 66 percent)
The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) – S.2080/HR 647 – was introduced in the House of Representatives in January. PCHETA would increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited medical, nursing, and social work schools, and other programs; promote education and research in palliative care and hospice and support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine. The legislation enjoys widespread public support.