HHSC: Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council
The Council met with the primary purpose of finalizing recommendations for their legislative report. The staff reports were postponed due to timing issues, but the handout materials are included in this report for information. The requested change in the by-laws from the previous meeting was approved by HHSC legal and addresses the differences in supportive palliative care and hospice care. Additionally, an update was provided on HR 1676, The Public Health Services Act. Under the Act, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality must provide for a national education and awareness campaign to inform patients, families, and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care. There was robust discussion about the role of palliative care and end-of-life decision-making provided in the book "Being Mortal." The Council also discussed the recommendations for the report, making changes to most and the recommendations, after editing, will be voted on at the next meeting. Finally, the continuing education effort, developed by the planning committee, will be occurring later this year.