H.R. 647 STATUS – DEC. 2019

  • H.R. 647 passed in the House of Representatives. The Senate received the Bill on 10/29/2019 and sent it to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee.

H.R. 647 KEY ISSUE

The key points in this Act is summarized in the following. H.R. 647 government link is https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/647/text

SOME H.R. 647 POINTS OF INTEREST

Providing Academic Awards and Career Incentive Awards to promote career development of board certified/eligible physicians in palliative medicine and offer grants and contracts for eligible healthcare professionals who agree to teach or practice in the field of palliative care for several years.

Establishes trainee-ships for individuals who are preparing for advanced education nursing degrees, social work degrees, or advanced degrees in physician assistant studies, with a focus in inter-professional team-based palliative care in appropriate health settings, including hospitals, hospices, home care, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory care centers.

Provide students (including residents, trainees, and fellows) with clinical training in inter-professional team-based palliative care in appropriate health settings, including hospitals, hospices, home care, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory care centers;

Palliative medicine and hospice academic career awards.

Establish a program to provide awards, to be known as the ‘Palliative Medicine and Hospice Academic Career Awards’, to eligible individuals to promote the career development of such individuals as academic hospice and palliative care physicians. To be eligible to receive an award, an individual shall: (A) be board certified or board eligible in hospice and palliative medicine; or “(B) have a junior (non-tenured) faculty appointment at an accredited school of medicine or osteopathic medicine.

An individual who receives an award shall provide training in palliative care and hospice, including the training of inter-professional teams of health care professionals. The provision of such training shall constitute a majority of the total funded obligations of such individual under the award

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