Falls Church, Virginia – The leader of the one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit hospice and palliative care providers applauded today U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) for introducing the groundbreaking, bi-partisan Care Planning Act of 2015.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.

Capital Caring will also host Capital Caring Day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in support of the Care Planning Act of 2015. Healthcare professionals, patients and families, and hospice volunteers will convene on Capitol Hill to urge Members of Congress to join with the aforementioned Senators in support of this legislation that will improve care for millions of Americans.

The Care Planning Act, among other things:

  • Establishes Medicare reimbursement for healthcare professionals to provide a voluntary and structured discussion about the goals and treatment options for individuals with serious illness—in a documented care plan—that reflects choices made by patients in consultation with their health care team, faith leaders, family members, and friends.
  • Tests new models for intensive services for those with advanced illness, and provides funding to support the development of a public information campaign to encourage effective care planning.
  • Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop quality metrics that will measure synchronicity among the individuals stated goals, values, and preferences with documented care plans, the treatment that is delivered, and patient outcomes.

To participate in Capital Caring’s Day on Capitol Hill and advocate on behalf of the Care Planning Act of 2015, contact Jason Parsons at Capital Caring- jparsons@capitalcaring.org.

About Capital Caring

For over 35 years, Capital Caring has helped families and loved ones make the most of every moment together by offering coordinated care, comfort and dignity to those living with serious illness. Capital Caring provides excellent pain relief and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, and compassion to families across the region. Our health professionals – including more than 20 staff doctors – deliver some of the best care in the United States.

Capital Caring is open 24 hours every day. Anyone who needs help staying independent and safe can access our services, regardless of their ability to pay.

Capital Caring’s mission is to simply improve care for those facing serious illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education, and public advocacy.