Palliative Care State Policymaker Summit Request for Applications
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and The John A. Hartford Foundation are excited to offer state policymakers an informative, day-long summit designed to improve access to and quality of palliative care services in their states, followed by ongoing support and expertise.
The Palliative Care State Policymaker Summit, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Chicago, will bring together teams of state officials from up to 10 states for information sharing, discussion, and problem solving related to palliative care policies and programs. After the summit, state officials will receive ongoing support from NASHP staff and have access to a faculty of national palliative care experts.
Palliative care is quality care for individuals with serious illness. Research shows that through better symptom management and other supports, palliative care can improve quality of life while reducing costs by decreasing utilization of unnecessary or unwanted services. One study of Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with serious illness and/or with histories of hospitalization found that palliative care contributed to an average savings of nearly $7,000 per person, compared to patients who did not receive palliative care.
Despite its alignment with many state health reform goals and initiatives, broad access to and acceptance of palliative care is limited. Contributing factors include provider shortages, reimbursement challenges, and lack of awareness about palliative care and its value at the policy, practice, and individual levels.
Recent NASHP research suggests states can play an important role in changing how palliative care is perceived, accessed, and delivered and have access to a range of policy strategies to support it. These include licensure and regulation of providers and facilities, creation of sustainable payment models in community, and inpatient settings, and building workforce capacity.
This meeting will give states critical tools and resources to advance their palliative care policy goals. Following the summit, participating states will have access to ongoing support from NASHP staff and access to a faculty of national palliative care experts. Participating states can make progress toward policy/program goals by:
• Sharing insights and strategies with other state leaders;
• Identifying new state opportunities to improve access to and quality of palliative care;
• Refining priorities and creating a state action plan to advance palliative care goals;
• Accessing additional peer-to-peer learning opportunities after the summit; and
• Receiving early access to NASHP tools and implementation resources (e.g., model regulatory and contract language and Medicaid reimbursement and quality improvement strategies).
Logistics and Funding
The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Ave., Chicago. With support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, NASHP can fund airfare, one night of lodging, and other ancillary travel expenses for two state officials from each selected state. Limited space may be available for a third state official, but he/she needs to secure funding independently.
How to Apply
NASHP encourages state officials who have an interest in or are currently working to develop palliative care policies and programs to participate. Applications will be evaluated based on a state’s demonstrated interest and capacity to advance palliative care, as evidenced by the creation of a workgroup/taskforce, state data analysis, progress toward policy development, and pending bills or enacted legislation, etc.
Applications closed at 5 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, May 23, 2019.