An Act To Improve the Quality of Life of Persons with Serious Illnesses
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-I, sub-§47-I is enacted to read:
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Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §1726 is enacted to read:
§ 1726. Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council
The Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council, as established in Title 5, section 12004-I, subsection 47-I and referred to in this section as "the advisory council," is established to improve the quality and delivery of patient-centered and family-focused care in accordance with this section.
(1) Two persons appointed by the Governor. One person must be a physician who is certified by a national board of hospice and palliative medicine. One person must be a registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse who is certified by a national board for certification of hospice and palliative nurses; and
(2) Three persons appointed by the executive director of the Maine Hospice Council, established in section 8611, who are health professionals with palliative care work experience or expertise in the delivery of palliative care;
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §8615 is enacted to read:
§ 8615. Palliative care initiatives
To the extent allowed by available resources, the council shall establish a palliative care consumer and professional information and education program to maximize the effectiveness of palliative care initiatives by ensuring that comprehensive and accurate information and education are available to the public, health care providers and health care facilities. The council shall publish and maintain on a publicly accessible website information and resources related to palliative care, including, but not limited to, links to external resources, continuing professional education opportunities, delivery of palliative care in the home and in primary, secondary and tertiary care environments, best practices for palliative care delivery and consumer educational materials and referral information for palliative care, including hospice care. The council may develop and implement other initiatives regarding palliative care services and education as it determines to be appropriate. The council may seek and accept funding to cover the costs of the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council under section 1726. In performing its work under this section, the council shall consult with the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council.
Sec. 4. Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. Appointments to the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council required by this Act must be made no later than 90 days after the effective date of this Act. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 1726, subsection 3, each appointing authority, when making initial appointments under Title 22, section 1726, subsection 2, paragraphs B to D, shall appoint one person for a 2-year term and one person for a 3-year term. When all appointments have been made, the executive director of the Maine Hospice Council, established in Title 22, section 8611, shall call and convene the first meeting of the advisory council. The first meeting of the advisory council must be held no later than October 1, 2015.