SCS HB 1682, 2016 (New Section - Proposed Language)
191.1080. 1. There is hereby created within the department of health and senior services the "Missouri Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council", which shall be a palliative care consumer and professional information and education program to improve quality and delivery of patient-centered and family-focused care in this state.
2. On or before December 1, 2016, the following members shall be appointed to the council:
(1) Two members of the senate, appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate;
(2) Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
(3) Two board-certified hospice and palliative medicine physicians licensed in this state, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate;
(4) Two certified hospice and palliative nurses licensed in this state, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate;
(5) A certified hospice and palliative social worker, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate;
(6) A patient and family caregiver advocate representative, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate;
(7) A spiritual professional with experience in palliative care and health care, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.
3. Council members shall serve for a term of three years. The members of the council shall elect a chair and vice chair whose duties shall be established by the council. The department shall determine a time and place for regular meetings of the council, which shall meet at least biannually.
4. Members of the council shall serve without compensation, but shall, subject to appropriations, be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the council.
5. The council shall consult with and advise the department on matters related to the establishment, maintenance, operation, and outcomes evaluation of palliative care initiatives in this state, including the palliative care consumer and professional information and education program established in section 191.1085.
6. The council shall submit an annual report to the general assembly which includes an assessment of the availability of palliative care in this state for patients at early stages of serious disease and an analysis of barriers to greater access to palliative care.
7. The council authorized under this section shall automatically expire August 28, 2022.