Recent Advocacy Activity

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association often is asked by elected officials, advocacy partners, its members, and similar nursing organizations to review or determine its position on legislative and regulatory issues. Below, you can view the organizations where HPNA is involved with in advocating for excellence in palliative care nursing.  

HPNA Federal & Legislative Round-Up Newsletter

The HPNA Federal & Legislative Round-Up newsletter is intended to provide useful background information, call-to-action advocacy messages, as well as status reports on evolving federal regulation and legislation that impacts our community.  Check out some of the latest editions below!  

11/2021          8/2021      

5/2021            3/2021           1/2021          
9/2020          7/2020          5/2020          3/2020

HPNA Policy Statements

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an extreme and unanticipated impact on hospice and palliative care, including unprecedented innovations in telehealth for hospice and palliative nurses. Additionally, numerous pieces of legislation and new regulations surrounding telehealth continue to be proposed at the federal level. Given these facts, HPNA staff worked closely with its lobbying firm and engaged its State Ambassador Program members and Advocacy Advisory Committee to develop a comprehensive Telehealth Policy Statement. This important statement serves as a guiding document for members and helps to shape future advocacy efforts of the association. 

HPNA Telehealth Policy Statement

Partnering Organizations

National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC)

The NCHPC, formerly known as the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (HPCC), was founded in 2001 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to create a mutually beneficial framework for shared organizational activities. With the addition of the Association of Professional Chaplains, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), the National Palliative Care Research Center (NCPRC), and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), the NCHPC is designed to focus on common goals while recognizing that each organization has its own unique goals that it may choose to pursue independently.

The goals of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) are to:
  • present a united voice to the public on behalf of providers who care for patients and families living with chronic, debilitating, and life-limiting illnesses,
  • to enhance communication and cooperation among member organizations, to coordinate activities to improve care,
  • to advocate on behalf of patients and families, and
  • to champion public policy and regulatory initiatives.

The Nursing Community
HPNA actively participates in the advocacy activities of The Nursing Community. The Nursing Community is a forum for national professional nursing associations to build consensus and advocate on a wide spectrum of healthcare and nursing issues, including practice, education, and research. Collectively, the Nursing Community is comprised of 58 national nursing organizations that represent over 850,000 practicing nurses, nursing students, and nursing faculty.

The National Quality Forum

HPNA is a proud member of The National Quality Forum. NQF’s membership includes a wide variety of healthcare stakeholders, including consumer organizations, public and private purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, accrediting and certifying bodies, supporting industries, and healthcare research and quality improvement organizations. The breadth and diversity of its membership allows NQF to be well positioned to maintain a constant drumbeat for healthcare quality.

National Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative

The field of pediatric hospice and palliative care is rapidly growing with a multitude of national organizations spearheading important efforts to develop and promote professional competencies, education and other valuable resources.