Our Collaboration

The history of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care began as five founding organizations that came together to establish standards of care in palliative care at a time when the practice was new. The National Consensus Project (NCP) was a group of experts who produced the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care.

The purpose of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) is to present a unified voice to the public and policy makers on behalf of providers, professionals, and other organizations interested in working together to advocate for health care policies and programs that will improve the care of patients and families living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

The NCHPC works to enhance communication, coordination, and collaboration among member organizations interested in palliative care and/or hospice. The NCHPC works to initiate and coordinate activities to improve care, advocate on behalf of patients and families, and champion public policy, quality, and regulatory initiatives in the hospice and/or palliative care arena.


Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

Create a blueprint for excellence by establishing a comprehensive foundation for gold-standard palliative care, including evidence-based processes and practices for providing safe and reliable high-quality care for all people living with serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, age or where they live or receive care.


Through combined efforts, the interdisciplinary partner organizations of the Coalition, are making a significant difference in the specialty of Hospice and Palliative Care.  We are able to accomplish more by working together and supporting each other.

Virginia Marshall, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN

Board President

CEO, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)