Sharon Grace
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May 10, 2017

AMGA to Serve on Steering Committee for National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care
Coalition Aims to Establish Community-Based Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care

Alexandria, VA – AMGA today announced that it has been selected to serve as a member on the National Consensus Project’s (NCP’s) Steering Committee comprised of 18 organizations from various disciplines to lead to the development and implementation of the NCP Community-based Palliative Care Guidelines.

The goal of the project is to ensure that national practice guidelines formalize and delineate the provision of quality community-based palliative care for patients living with serious and/or chronic progressive illness to safely and reliably meet their supportive care needs where they live. The project also will help to build core competencies among all providers.

“We are honored to have been selected to join the NCP Steering Committee and support the important work of improving palliative care delivery,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., chief medical and quality officer of AMGA and president of AMGA Foundation. “AMGA and our members are leading the shift from volume-based to value-based health care. Palliative care is an important element of a comprehensive value-based program, as it supports the level of care based on patient preference.  We’re pleased to contribute our experience and knowledge to help providers ensure that those with serious illness receive appropriate care as well as establish a standard of care across all community-based palliative care providers.”

The Steering Committee will spearhead the two-year project, starting with the planning and convening of a stakeholder summit in 2017.

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