VNAA Member Testifies at Senate Aging Committee Hearing on Person-Centered Care
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

Dr. Kate Lally testified in front of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, alongside Dr. Atul Gawande and Amy Berman.
On June 23, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing titled, "The Right Care at the Right Time: Ensuring Person-Centered Care for Individuals with Serious Illnesses." Coinciding with the introduction of the Removing Barriers to Patient-Centered Care Act (S. 3096), sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the hearing explored ways in which the Medicare program can best serve those with advanced illnesses. 
Dr. Kate Lally, Chief of Palliative Care at Care New England Health System—a VNAA member—provided a thought-provoking testimony on her the importance of advanced care planning to the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Other witnesses included Dr. Atul Gawande, Executive Director, Professor, Staff Writer at Ariadne Labs and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation.
The Removing Barriers to Patient-Centered Care Act would create a pilot program to serve Medicare beneficiaries with advanced illness. The bill would allow up to 20 qualified entities to partner with social services organizations and faith-based organizations and waive certain requirements (e.g., coverage of curative care during election period, alternative certification for home care) to serve those with advanced illness.

VNAA will follow this legislation and provide updates as they are made available.
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