Palliative Care Bill Signed into Law

OKLAHOMA CITY – An advisory panel that helps set state health policies would have more input from experts on the coordinated care of patients with chronic conditions under a measure signed into law yesterday.

House Bill 1085, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey, renames the Home Care and Hospice Advisory Council to the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Advisory Council and adds two members who specialize in palliative care. The measure directs the council to identify ways to improve the quality and delivery of palliative care.

“Cancer patients and other individuals with difficult, life-altering chronic conditions see a variety of doctors and medical care providers,” said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “Palliative, or coordinated care, improves their treatment. My legislation puts palliative care specialists on the advisory council to help create best practices and policies in the state for palliative care.”

The American Cancer Society and Oklahoma State Department of Health were both strong supporters of the legislation.

The new law will take effect Nov. 1

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