The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) strongly believes palliative care plays an important role in improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Unfortunately not all palliative care programs have the interdisciplinary teams necessary to provide comprehensive, high quality care. H.R. 1676/S. 693, the Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act, introduced by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY) and by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capitol (R-WV) respectively, would establish Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers to improve the training of health professionals in palliative care. H.R. 1676/S. 693 would also establish traineeships for individuals preparing for advanced education in nursing, social work, or physician assistant studies in palliative care.
Educating patients and providers on the benefits of palliative care has the potential to significantly improve quality of life for those suffering from serious and complex chronic conditions. Please urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor this important legislation.