Comprehensive End-of-Life Report Requested in Senate Bill
Posted Sep 22 2008 5:00am
The Consumer Health Education and Transparency Act of 2008, introduced last week by Sen. Salazar [CO] as S.3402 , calls for a Report concerning end-of-life care education and spending:
(a) Study- The Secretary, in consultation with the representatives described in subsection (c), shall conduct a comprehensive study of matters related to improved consumer education on end -of -life care decisions and spending. Such study shall evaluate issues including--
(1) consumer attitudes and questions regarding end -of -life care decisions; (2) effective outreach methods to increase consumer understanding of end -of -life care considerations and tools for making end -of -life care decisions; (3) methods for empowering consumers to ensure that their end -of -life care instructions are properly executed; (4) the appropriate timing and venues for end -of -life care discussions between health care consumers and providers; (5) ethical and legal considerations considered by consumers when making end -of -life care decisions; (6) trends in end -of -life care spending and the impact of such spending on overall health care costs; and (7) potential strategies for addressing any identified end -of -life care spending issues.
(b) Report- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress, a report concerning the study conducted under subsection (a) together with the recommendations of the Secretary for legislative or administrative action where appropriate.
(c) Representatives- The representatives described in this subsection include representatives from the following groups, organizations, or associations:
(1) A senior citizen advocacy organization. (2) A hospice organization. (3) A physician-based hospice and palliative care organization. (4) A home-health organization. (5) A long-term care advocacy organization. (6) A cancer research organization. (7) A patient advocacy organization. (8) A faith-based health care organization. (9) A nurse-based medical association. (10) A geriatrician-based medical association. (11) An academic medical institution. (12) A caregiver advocacy organization. (13) A chronic disease advocacy organization. (14) A disability rights advocacy organization. (15) A social work association. (16) A pediatric palliative care organization. (17) A veterans health care organization.