Lawmakers Take Bipartisan Approach to Hospice, Palliative Care Policy

Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Some federal legislators are working to address workforce issues in the hospice space, as well as bolstering support for family caregivers.

In a fractious political environment, hospice and palliative care policy is one area in which members of both parties find common ground. Lawmakers have introduced a series of bipartisan bills designed to relieve workforce pressures and improve quality, according to Megan Thompson, senior policy advisor for Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.).

These bills aim to increase the number of clinicians trained in palliative and hospice care amid widespread labor shortages, Thompson said at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.

“Many states face huge challenges with providers when it comes to faculty and upward mobility. It’s making sure we’re focusing on pathways for RN faculty, especially those that are reaching retirement and want to share those experiences with others,” Thompson said at the Leadership Summit. “We have not solved this problem. There are a lot of great ideas in changing the way we work with people where they’re at.”

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