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Position Statement for Palliative Programs of

Care in Wisconsin

Definition of Palliative Care

Palliative care means patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and

treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional,

social, and spiritual needs and to facilitate patient autonomy, access to information, and choice.

                - 73 FR 32204, June 5, 2008, Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation – Final Rule

Our Belief - Our Commitment - Our Standards

We believe that every Wisconsin resident in need of palliative care services should have access to them.  We are committed to

improving access to quality palliative care by providing information, educational opportunities, legislative involvement and advocacy

to assist our members in building and operating
programs that meet national standards.

We therefore adopt those mandates, guidelines and standards set forth by the following:  

  • Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), Memo 09-042, 10.26.09; Memorandum issued to provide information

    and guidance on the meaning of palliative care and expectations for palliative and supportive care programs (incluides

    state/federal regulations for home health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes).
  • National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care - 3rd Edition 2013.

    These guidelines serve as a foundation for the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices and have become a hallmark within

    the field guiding policy makers, providers, practitioners and consumers in understanding the principles of quality palliative care.   
  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Consensus Report, A National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and

    Hospice Care Quality. 
    This report details a palliative and hospice care framework, on which a quality measurement and

    reporting system should be built.  The report also discusses preferred practices to improve palliative and hospice care.  Both

    the framework and the preferred practices were endorsed b NQF in 2006.  National Quality Forum Preferred Practice.pdf 

    National Quality Forum Short Version of Preferred Practice.pdf


Our Vision for the Future of Palliative Care

We envision coordinated, seamless and quality palliative care across all health care venues, and with services that support

patient and family goals of care as patients move between settings and back into the community where they live.  


The HOPE of Wisconsin is a proud member of:

       Community Hospice Partnership       National Quality Forum       The Hospice and Palliative Care Organization       Wisconsin Nonprofits      

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