Legislative Update: February 12, 2019
Over the last week, lawmakers and the Trump Administration have continued to discuss proposals to avert the upcoming February 15th appropriations deadline. If no funding deal is struck by the end of the day on Friday, the government would enter another partial shutdown. Reports have suggested that negotiators are making progress on reaching a deal, but it remains unclear how or when a proposal will be finalized.

Legislative Update: January 29, 2019
On Friday, January 25th, Congress and the Trump Administration reached agreement on legislation to end the partial government shutdown. President Trump signed this legislation on Friday night and federal government workers returned to work on Monday, January 28th. 

Calling All Members: Join the Member Collaboration Call on January 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Ensure your is voice heard as we review our collective accomplishments in 2018, discuss what’s ahead for the home-based care industry in 2019, and identify new avenues for collaboration. This call, open to all members (providers, allied organizations, and partners), is the perfect opportunity to provide feedback and engage with your fellow members for productive networking and idea sharing.

New National Guidelines Call for Improved Access to Vital Palliative Care
Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition don’t have access to palliative care. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care, which provides relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness; improves quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family; and is provided concurrent with disease-focused treatments. To improve access to this care, new Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition urge clinicians and health care organizations to integrate it into the services they provide for all people living with serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, or age.

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