NASHP Resource Hub: State Strategies to Address Palliative Care

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. States pay for and provide health care services, regulate providers, facilities, and insurance plans, and help educate future health professionals. States are increasingly interested in how they can use palliative care to help drive value within their health care systems.

As part of a new project funded by The John A Hartford Foundation, NASHP will explore the role states play in improving access to and quality of palliative care for individuals with serious illnesses. The John A. Hartford Foundation is a national philanthropy based in New York City dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Over the course of this timely project, NASHP will convene state leaders, conduct a 50-state scan of palliative care policies and activities, and develop tools and resources to help states advance palliative care.


Tools

State Palliative Care Policies

Advancing Palliative Care for Adults with Serious Illness: A National Review of State Palliative Care Policies and Programs, December 2018. NASHP conducted a comprehensive review of how states are supporting the delivery of palliative care to adults. This comprehensive report, and accompanying charts, highlights major trends observed from all 50 states and Washington, DC, promising policy approaches, and key considerations for states to enhance palliative care access and quality across settings.

Webinar: Advancing Palliative Care for Adults with Serious Illness: A National Review of State Palliative Care Policies and Programs, January 2019. In September 2018, NASHP conducted a comprehensive scan of how states are supporting the delivery of palliative care to adults. This webinar highlighted major trends from all 50 states and Washington, DC, promising policy approaches, and key considerations for states identified through the scan. Additionally, it featured a presentation on how Texas is working to advance palliative care through stakeholder engagement and Medicaid quality improvement initiatives.

Blogs

NASHP: States Explore Strategies to Advance Palliative Care at #NASHPCONF18, September 2018. In August, 2018, a group of state policymakers gathered at NASHP’s annual health policy conference to explore how to advance palliative care services in states. This blog explores what steps California, Colorado, Maryland, and Rhode Island have taken to advance palliative care through Medicaid reimbursement, regulatory updates, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement.