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CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

´╗┐ARTICLE 55. STATE ADVISORY COALITION ON PALLIATIVE CARE.

§16-55-5. Powers and duties.

(a) The coalition shall consult with and advise the Legislature on matters related to the establishment, maintenance, operation, and outcomes evaluation of palliative care initiatives in the state. The coalition may:

(1) Meet at least quarterly or at the call of the chairman. A quorum is a simple majority of the coalition;

(2) Keep accurate records of the actions of the coalition;

(3) Make recommendations to the Legislature as required by this article;

(4) Provide guidance to the Legislature on potential statutory solutions relative to regulation of palliative care;

(5) Establish workgroups and clinical advisory committees as the coalition considers necessary to address pertinent issues related to palliative care and to provide consistency in the development of further regulation;

(6) Consult with entities and persons with expertise as the coalition considers necessary in the fulfillment of its duties. This can include public and private sector partnerships;

(7) Establish a system for identifying patients or residents who could benefit from palliative care;

(8) Provide information about and facilitate access to appropriate palliative care; and

(9) Offer any additional guidance to the Legislature which the coalition sees is within its scope which would further enhance the palliative care.

(b) The coalition shall report its findings to the Joint Committee on Health by December 31, 2019, and annually after that until the coalition terminates pursuant to the provisions of this article. The report shall include, at a minimum, the following:

(1) Conclusions and recommendations to promote a better means for palliative care;

(2) Recommendations for statutory and regulatory modifications;

(3) Identification of any action which may be taken by the Legislature to better foster awareness of palliative care issues in this state;

(4) A means to raise palliative care awareness; and

(5) Any other ancillary issues relative to palliative care.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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