2004 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Morgan
UVA - Palliative Care

Item 213 #1h

Item 213 #1h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Education: Higher Education
University of Virginia FY2005 $50,000 FY2006 $50,000 GF

Page 162, line 8, strike "$362,362,301" and insert "$362,412,301".
Page 162, line 8, strike "$372,357,689" and insert "$372,407,689".
Page 165, after line 34, insert:
"O.  Out of this appropriation, $500,000 shall be provided in each year from the general fund to establish a Virginia Palliative Care Partnership.  The partnership shall be a broad-based, multi-disciplinary coalition including the three academic health centers, health care professionals, hospices, hospitals, nursing facilities, health care associations, and community and consumer groups.  Funding shall be used by the partnership for such activities as supporting the work of task forces, completing a statewide assessment of available palliative care services and needs, designing a ten-year plan for palliative care in Virginia, conducting community surveys and focus groups, soliciting funding from other sources, and initiating pilot projects in response to identified palliative care needs.  The partnership shall submit a report to the Governor, the Secretary of Education, the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Chairman of the Joint Commission on Health Care prior to November 1, 2004.  The report shall include a description of the activities that have been undertaken, a detailed plan for the remainder of the year, and a ten-year plan for palliative care in Virginia."

(This amendment is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care. This amendment provides funding to support planning and assessment activities related to establishing the Virginia Palliative Care Partnership. There are a number of barriers to providing effective palliative care including the lack of emphasis on palliative care in education, in training and, consequently, in practice; extensive under-treatment of pain; and eligibility requirements that restrict access to palliative care. Despite these barriers, there is no coordinated program or statewide effort to address palliative care needs in Virginia.)