Recent Federal Bills That ​Address P.A.'s 

In Palliative Care And Hospice Legislation​ 


H.R.3119 - Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act  (PCHETA) (Engle, D-NY)

S. 693 - Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (Baldwin, D-WI)

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This is in the Senate as well, S.693 which has similar wording  for PA advanced training:

To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.​


The US House of Representative Passed PCHETA on July 23, 2018!

We now await the Senate to act for PCHETA to become law.

Urge your senators to cosponsor and support PCHETA and make it law!

Visit AAHPM's website for more info and an easy way to contact your Senator

HR2797 - P​atient C​hoice and Q​uality C​are A​ct of 2017 (Blumenauer,  D-OR)

S.1334 - Patient Choice and Quality Care Act of 2017 (Warner, D-VA)

 “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for advanced illness care coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes. It defines INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM: “includes at least one physician who is board certified in geriatrics, internal medicine, or family medicine advance practice registered nurse, or physician assistant, who is a palliative specialist (defined as having a certification in hospice and palliative care) or who has at least one year’s experience providing hospice or palliative care; and one social worker; may include a chaplain, minister, or pastoral counselor; other direct care personnel (including pharmacists, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and psychotherapists).”

HR 1284 - ​Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act of 2017

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide “for the recognition of attending physician assistants as attending physicians to serve hospice patients, and to amend the bill by inserting “or a physician assistant” after “a nurse practitioner”.


Visit the CMS website for full details on the changes to Medicare and the FY 2019 Payment and Rate Update


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