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Rural Hospice and Palliative Care – Organizations

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
Represents healthcare providers specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. Includes a special interest group on rural, as well as a listserv, which addresses issues such as conditions and challenges common to rural hospices, regional and local variations, the role of the Medicare Hospice Benefit in rural hospice care, and the difficulties in staffing and funding rural programs.
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Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
Provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Includes articles on providing hospice and palliative care in rural areas, building hospital-based palliative care programs, as well as presents numerous posters from the 2010 CAPC annual conference on various rural hospice and palliative care topics.
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Hospice Association of America (HAA)
Represents thousands of hospices, caregivers, and volunteers. Serves hospices that are community-based or affiliated with home care agencies and hospitals. Collaborates with state organizations to represent hospice interests at the state and local level.
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Hospice Foundation of America (HFA)
Provides end-of-life care resources for professionals, patients, and families. Includes a Hospice Information Center.
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National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)
Represents over 33,000 home care and hospice organizations as well as over 12 million nurses, caregivers, and volunteers who provide hospice services throughout the U.S. Provides a list of all state associations.
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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Represents hospice and palliative care programs and professionals throughout the United States. Co-sponsor of the rural toolkit titled Providing Hospice and Palliative Care in Rural and Frontier Areas.
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Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA)
Created the profession of home healthcare more than 100 years ago. Works to bring home healthcare to individuals in their respective communities. Is involved with rural policy affecting home health and hospice providers. Includes a rural issues interest group which oversees monthly group conference calls on issues specific to rural areas. Includes a listing of home health and hospice agencies.
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Last Reviewed: 3/22/2019