New Jersey Introduces Bill to Expand Palliative Care Outreach

With nearly 30 years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, John Klein currently serves as the chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics in Teaneck, New Jersey. To inform the strategic decisions he makes as chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics, John Klein closely follows health policy developments in New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Assembly recently drafted a bipartisan bill to improve palliative care in the state. In addition to creating an 11-member advisory council on palliative care, the proposal would require hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities to provide educational resources to patients and families about end-of-life care options.

Backed by about three dozen sponsors, the bill aims to increase public awareness about the full range of palliative care options and create a proactive system where care providers engage in educational outreach work. Providing different options for palliative care gives patients more control and may help ease some of the pain and anxiety associated with a terminal diagnosis, said Samantha DeAlmeida, a representative of the American Cancer Society, an organization that’s backing the New Jersey bill.

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