Palliative care helps individuals with serious illness better manage the symptoms and stressors of disease. These services are interdisciplinary, person- and family-centered, and can help people at any stage of a serious illness.
States are uniquely positioned to influence how Americans think about access, and experience palliative care.
NASHP is pleased to announce the 10 states selected to attend the State Policymakers Palliative Care Summit, supported by a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Policymakers, including legislators as well as Medicaid and public health officials from Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas, will participate in the day-long summit where they will learn from national and state experts about strategies to improve access to and quality of palliative care. For more information about palliative care, explore NASHP’s Palliative Care Resource Hub and sign up for its palliative care listserv.
Palliative care access remains a challenge across the country, despite its alignment with many states’ goals to improve patients’ health care experience and care quality, and reduce costs. Palliative care is interdisciplinary, patient-centered care for individuals with serious illness, provided in a hospital, in the community, or in the home, that can be delivered alongside curative treatment at any time following an individual’s diagnosis.States, as regulators, payers, and innovators of health care, are uniquely positioned to improve the lives of Americans with serious illnesses by promoting access to palliative care.
In September 2018, NASHP conducted a comprehensive scan of how states are supporting the delivery of palliative care to adults. This webinar highlights major trends observed from all 50 states and Washington, DC, promising policy approaches, and key considerations for states identified through the scan. Additionally, the webinar features Texas’ work to advance palliative care through stakeholder engagement and Medicaid quality improvement initiatives. This webinar is supported through The John A. Hartford Foundation.
Kitty Purington, Senior Program Director, NASHP
Rani Snyder, Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Rachel Donlon, Project Director, NASHP
Jimmy Blanton, Director, Health Quality Institute, Medicaid and CHIP Services, Texas Health and Human Services