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BILL AS PASSED BY SENATE 2007-2008

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S.281

AN ACT RELATING TO END-OF-LIFE CARE AND PAIN MANAGEMENT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  REPORT ON PALLIATIVE CARE, END-OF-LIFE CARE, AND PAIN MANAGEMENT

(a)  The department of health shall convene a group of stakeholders to discuss how to improve palliative care, end-of-life care, and management of chronic pain.  Participants shall include the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living; ExCEL; the Hospice and Palliative Care Council of Vermont; Patient Choices at End of Life – Vermont; the Vermont Health Care Association; the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems; the Vermont Medical Society; the Vermont Center for Independent Living; the American Cancer Society; and other interested stakeholders.  The group shall examine available data from existing sources and evaluate their utility for driving improvements in palliative care, end-of-life care, and pain management services across settings in this state.

(b)  The group shall:

(1)  consider the value and feasibility of conducting ongoing studies or updating reports, or both;

(2)  develop recommendations for improving ongoing coordination of activities directed toward improving palliative care, end-of-life care, and pain management services throughout the state; and

(3)  develop recommendations for improving methods of informing consumers about options in this state for end-of-life care, palliative care, and management of chronic pain.

(c)  No later than January 15, 2009, the department of health shall report on the stakeholders’ group’s findings and recommendations to the senate committee on health and welfare and the house committees on health care and on human services.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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