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Recent Activity



HPNA 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 where and how HPNA is involved in advocating for excellence in palliative care nursing. 



*NEW* On January, 29, 2014, Keela Herr, PhD RN AGSF FAAN, represented HPNA at the State of Palliative Care Forum hosted by Assistant Secretary of Aging K. Greenlee and Mid-West Center for Practical Bioethics in Washington, D.C.  The day focused on three key topics with contributions by invited panel members and first respondents, followed by open discussion.  The Panel topics included:


 1:  Advance care planning, shared decision-making and goals of care

 2:  Palliative care across settings (acute, LTC, community dwelling)

 3:  Chronic Pain The afternoon included an overview of palliative care research by Pat Grady from NIH/NINR and presentations regarding innovative palliative care programs and opportunities in the policy arena for palliative care. 


Below are some additional materials from this important meeting:

State of Palliative Care Forum Meeting Summary

HPNA Representative's Comments


HPNA Submits Comments to CMS
HPNA Responds to Washington Post Article


View Letter in support of the Nursing Workforce Development programs authorized under Title VIII


View Letter in response to CMS’ proposed rulemaking on Medicare conditions of participation, regulatory reform and burden reduction.


Read Recent Comments Provided By HPNA's CEO to the IOM's Committee on Transforming EOL Care


View HPNA's Recent Senate Statement for the Record


HPNA's Letter Template to Representatives regarding PCHETA Legislation


HPNA's Letter Template to Senators regarding PCHETA Legislation 


Prescription Pain Medicines: Protecting Access, Preventing Misuse Congressional Issue Brief

Assuring Choice for Seriously and Progressively Ill Patients Congressional Issue Brief



HPNA participates in the advocacy activities of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC).  The NCHPC 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 Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NCPRC), 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.

View the sign-on documents submitted by The Coalition


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.

View sign-on document submitted recently by the nursing community

View sign-on documents submitted related to federal nursing funding

View sign-on documents submitted related to nursing legislation

View sign-on documents submitted related to health reform


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.

View some of the NQF's recent projects relating to palliative care