LeadingAge strongly supports the introduction of the H.R.2797, Patient Choice and Quality Care of Act of 2017 (PCQCA) by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Phil Roe (R-TN). This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will:

  • Create a new Medicare model for Advanced Illness Care and Management - directs CMS to create and test a new model that uses a team-based planning process designed to align the care a patient receives with his or her goals of care, values, and preferences.  
  • Facilitates increased coordination and alignment between the public and private sector quality measures.
  • Improves Medicare’s existing coverage for advance care planning services, by allowing appropriately trained or experienced clinical social workers to provide advance care planning services, and ensuring that costs are not a barrier to patients using these services.
  • Ensures that advance directives should follow the patient; regardless of the state or site of care.
  • Appropriates $50 million and authorizes the Secretary to award grants, to develop materials and resources addressing advance care planning.
  • Ensure that individuals with advanced illness have access to comprehensive, coordinated care services based on the hospice care model. The bill enhances the ability of community-based hospice programs to continue to expand their existing advanced illness services to more patients and families.

LeadingAge was a co-host of a Capitol Hill briefing to announce the bipartisan, bicameral legislation, Patient Choice and Quality Care Act of 2017. LeadingAge encourages members to reach out to their Representatives and Senators to encourage them to co-sponsor this important legislation.