Palliative Care: A Primer for State Policymakers

State policymakers are increasingly paying attention to palliative care programs, which offer patient-centered and cost-effective care for individuals with serious illness.

Policy Levers to Improve Palliative Care

• Develop standards and definitions through state licensing and regulation;

• Measure and track the quality
of palliative care;

• Articulate payment and policies
within Medicaid;

• Build workforce capacity; and

• Educate patients, providers, and
the public.

Adding palliative care to treatment has been shown to improve health outcomes and quality of life, while lowering costs an average of $7,000 per patient in high-need, high-cost populations. This new National Academy for State Health Policy primer, with funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, identifies policy approaches states can use to implement and expand palliative care in their states.

Read or download: Palliative Care: A Primer for State Policymakers, May 2019

Palliative Care State Policymaker Summit Request for Applications: Policymakers are invited to a day-long summit, Aug. 20, 2019 in Chicago, to learn how to expand palliative care services in their states. Learn more about the summit here, the deadline to apply is May 23, 2019.

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