HB 473 Palliative Care Information and Education Program; established.
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Summary as introduced:
Palliative Care Information and Education Program. Directs the Board of Health to include in its regulations a requirement that every hospital, nursing home, and certified nursing facility licensed by the Board (i) establish a system for identifying patients or residents who may benefit from palliative care and (ii) provide information about and facilitate access to appropriate palliative care services for patients or residents experiencing illness, injuries, or conditions that substantially affect quality of life for more than a short period of time, including cancer, heart failure, renal failure, liver failure, lung disease, and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The bill also directs the Department of Health to establish a palliative care consumer and professional information and education program to maximize the effectiveness of palliative care initiatives in the Commonwealth by (a) ensuring that comprehensive and accurate information and education about palliative care is available to the public, health care providers, and health care facilities and (b) implementing such other initiatives related to education about palliative care and the delivery of palliative care services as may be necessary to educate health care professionals and the public about palliative care. The bill further establishes the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council to advise the Department on matters related to the establishment, operation, maintenance, and outcomes evaluations of such initiatives.

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01/08/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103480D  pdf | impact statement

01/08/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103480D
01/08/16  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/16  House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/03/16  House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017 by voice vote
02/09/16  House: Continued to 2017 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
12/01/16  House: Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions