March 6, 2020 - Update from Coalition to Transform Advanced Care

"There have been several important policy updates as actions are being taken to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), many of which will affect hospice and palliative care providers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday that it will be suspending non-emergency inspections of healthcare facilities across the country (see CMS memo HERE), allowing inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse/neglect.
Additionally, Congress has passed an emergency $8.3 billion spending bill aimed at addressing the outbreak. See the bill summary HERE. To read a full recap of legislative and regulatory updates on the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation website, please click HERE."



National Healthcare Decisions Day Program

Friday, April 16, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Zoom - Details Below


Honoring the Medical Wishes of Those We Love:
A Latino Community Perspective

Join us for a free Spanish language webinar with members of the Latino community to discuss:

  • Unique considerations on honoring the healthcare wishes of those we love and care for

  • Successful strategies for having these important conversations

  • Community resources that can help

  • Program will be in Spanish with English translation

For the April 16th event, log in here:
Call in: 301-715-8592 Passcode: 698283



  • Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Care for Your Health (moderator)

  • Maria Alvarez, Caregiver and CaringMatters Volunteer

  • Lissa Berroa-Garcia, MD, Hospice and Palliative Care Physician, Montgomery Hospice

  • Rosa Guzman, Community Health Promotora, Montgomery County Latino Health Initiative

  • Rev. David Wells, Pastor, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church

Who should attend?
Anyone concerned about, serving or touched by serious illness in the Latino community, including healthcare providers, hospice and palliative care staff, payers, patients and caregivers.


  • Free social work CEUs available; Register for CEUs HERE:

  • Online registration required to receive CEUs

  • CEU registration will close 24 hours prior to event


For more information, contact:
Jackie Ogg,, 301-537-5627
Cecilia Alava,, 301-273-9263 (Spanish)