Recommendations span COVID-19 response, access and payment, and workforce expansion.

Yesterday, the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care released letters to both the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress on priorities to ensure that all families in need have equitable access to quality palliative care and hospice services. The letters cite specific legislative and regulatory actions that all thirteen of the Coalition’s member organizations, including CAPC, have prioritized to improve care for the millions of families facing serious illness. Among the more than 25 recommendations, access to palliative care via telehealth, further expanding graduate medical education residency slots, passing the Palliative Care and Hospice Training and Education Act (PCHETA), implementing an NIH trans-institute strategy, and creating a national grief strategy for COVID response were included.

Read the letter here.