Long Term Care Advisory Council
This group of leading state policymakers will provide guidance and input to NASHP in developing resources highlighting promising state policies and practices that states can use to advance palliative care.
- Lori Abramson, Georgia Families
- Jimmy Blanton, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Kimberly Boswell, Alabama Department of Mental Health
- Donna Bradbury, New York Office of Mental Health
- Icilda Dickerson, Ohio Department of Medicaid
- Anastasia Dodson, California Department of Health Care Services
- Jennifer Jacobs, New York Department of Human Services
- Patti Killingsworth, Tennessee Division of TennCare
- Dawn Lambert, Connecticut Department of Social Services
- Jason McGill, Washington State Health Care Authority
- Michelle Miller, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
- Judy Mohr Peterson, Hawaii Division of Human Services
- Ana Novais, Rhode Island Department of Health
- Joy Soares, Hawaii Division of Human Services
- Dena Stoner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Moira Tashjin, New York Office of Mental Health
- Emily Transue, Washington State Health Care Authority
If you are interested in learning more about NASHP’s work on palliative care, please contact Wendy Fox-Grage.
Anastasia Dodson, Associate Director for Policy, California Department of Health Care Services
Palliative care is supported by a robust body of research that validates it can provide better patient satisfaction, improved quality of life, reduction in symptoms, and other positive outcomes to align care with patient treatment wishes. California’s health care providers, delivery systems, and community organizations have had a long history of incorporating palliative care strategies into their overall models of care. This shared commitment led to the state enacting a law in 2014 to require the state Medicaid agency to “establish standards and provide technical assistance for Medi-Cal [Medicaid] managed care plans to ensure delivery of palliative care services.” Read More
On Jan. 1, 2018, the state implemented the Medi-Cal palliative care program through managed care and fee-for-service providers. In addition, the state funded palliative care training for qualified Medi-Cal providers and their clinician staff.
Thanks to philanthropic and advocate support for technical assistance to providers and health plans, many providers in the state have learned that palliative care is an overall approach to care that is much broader than pain management, and can be used at all stages of life and illness, in conjunction with curative care, and that palliative care can be provided to a broader population than hospice.
For purposes of state Medicaid guidance, the state developed a Medi-Cal palliative care policy with specific definitions of eligible conditions, services, and providers. At the same time, a number of Medi-Cal managed care health plans, hospitals and health systems, and other providers already incorporated broader palliative care principles and strategies into their models of care. The state encourages those broader strategies to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes at all stages of life and illness.