With a focus on improving end-of-life care for veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs established the VA Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative (VAHPC) in November of 2001. One of the programs launched by VAHPC is the National Hospice-Veteran Partnership (HVP) Program, which is working with Rallying Points, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Center for Advanced Illness Coordinated Care, and other end-of-life care advocates to create a national network of HVPs.
HVPs are statewide or community-based partnerships dedicated to increasing veterans' access to hospice and palliative care. Their goals are to strengthen relationships between community hospices and VA providers and educate veterans and their caregivers about end-of-life care options.
Some HVPs are being hosted by existing Rallying Points end-of-life care coalitions, while others are being coordinated by state hospice organizations or VA medical centers. Participants include VA and community health providers as well as other organizations that share the vision of improving end-of-life care for veterans and their families. Once an HVP has been established, it begins developing a strategic plan to best serve veterans in its area. Each HVP is unique, but the following activities are examples of the many ways a partnership can have a positive impact.
The Hospice-Veteran Partnership Toolkit was designed to encourage new HVPs and strengthen existing partnerships.
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Building partnerships to better serve veterans
Structure of the toolkit
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1. Considering Potential Partners
2. Forming a Steering Committee
3. Building a Strong Foundation
4. Conducting a Needs Assesment
5. Developing a Strategic Plan
6. Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care and the Medicare Hospice Benefit
7. Exploring Veterans' Issues and the VA Health System
8. Working Together to Build Solutions
This toolkit is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Hospice-Veteran Partnership (HVP) Program. Development of the toolkit was made possible through support by Rallying Points, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Center for Advanced Illness Coordinated Care, and other end-of-life care advocates. Information about VAHPC initiatives is made available for use within the Inter-Institutional Collaborating Network on End-of-life Care (IICN) with the assistance of Growth House, Inc.