Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), H.R. 1676 & S. 693

Establishes Palliative Care and Hospice Education Center to improve the training of interdisciplinary health professionals in palliative care; authorizes grants or contracts to schools of medicine, teaching hospitals and GME programs to train physicians (including residents, trainees, and fellows) who plan to teach palliative medicine; establishes a program to promote the career development of physicians who are board certified or board eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and have a junior (non-tenured) faculty appointment at an accredited school of medicine through academic career awards; establishes fellowship programs within the new Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers to provide short-term intensive courses focused on palliative care workforce development; provides grants or contracts through career incentive awards for eligible health professionals who agree to teach or practice in the field of palliative care for at least 5 years; creates special preferences in existing nurse education law for hospice and palliative nursing, in education, practice and quality grants, workforce development, and nurse retention projects; and provides for the establishment of a national campaign to inform patients, families and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care and the services that are available to support patients with serious or life-threatening illness.

Bill Summary

Representative Eliot L. Engel, Representative Tom Reed, and Representative Buddy Carter write to their colleagues to explain why palliative care is essential, how this bill will help, and ask their colleagues to join as co-sponsors.

Dear Colleague

Dozens of organizations join together in a letters to Representatives Engel and Reed (H.R. 1676) and Senator Baldwin (S. 693) expressing support of this important legislation.

Support Letter H.R. 1676 Support Letter S. 693