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African Heritage PA Caucus

New Law Permits PAs to Provide Hospice Care to Medicare Patients

Posted 10 months ago by Camille Dyer

Congress passed and the President signed into law a provision that allows PAs to manage and provide hospice care to Medicare patients. This success comes after years of hard work from literally hundreds of PAs who have personally made the case to federal lawmakers, and from AAPA’s terrific advocacy team. AAPA is particularly grateful to Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) who championed this legislation, as well as Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), and Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), key supporters of the hospice provision. 
And hospice wasn’t the only hard-fought, significant victory. The new law also allows PAs to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs under the Medicare program.