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Doctors, patients urge legislation to improve hospice, palliative care
Modern Healthcare

Doctors and lawmakers Thursday touted legislation to train more providers who specialize in hospice and palliative care and improve options for patients with serious chronic illnesses.At a hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said he is introducing a bill that would allow for more pilot programs and Medicare waivers regarding hospice care. It would also allow hospice and curative care to be provided to a patient at the same time and would provide for home services before a patient is homebound.