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Hospital Palliative Care Pilot Project

HB 581 (passed during the 2013 legislative session) requires the Maryland Health Care Commission to develop a hospital palliative care pilot program in order to report certain findings and recommendations, in consultation with the Office of Health Care Quality and the Maryland Hospital Association, to the General Assembly.

The report shall include recommendations, based on the findings of the pilot programs, to be used to develop minimum standards for palliative care programs with the goal of expanding access to palliative care services statewide at hospitals with 50 beds or more by July 1, 2016 and to be used by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to assist in the development of regulations related to standards for palliative care programs.

Advisory group members include the pilot program hospitals, representatives from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Maryland Hospital Association, and other industry experts.

For questions regarding this advisory group, contact Rebecca Goldman (, Policy Analyst, or Linda Cole (, Chief, Long-Term Care Policy and Planning. 

List of Participating Pilot Hospitals

Carroll Hospital Center Medstar Union Memorial Hospital
Doctor's Community Hospital Meritus Health
Greater Baltimore Medical Center Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Holy Cross Hospital Suburban Hospital
Howard County General Hospital Upper Chesapeake
John Hopkins Hospital  
Final Legislative Report (12/1/15)

Upcoming Meetings


October 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

June 2, 2015

February 23, 2015

March 25, 2014

January 29, 2014

December 17, 2013

Subcommittee Materials

Flagging Rule and Database Subcommittee

National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement

Journal of Palliative Medicine article, "Identifying Patient in Need of a Palliative Care Assessment in the Hospital Setting" 

Memorandum to HSCRC regarding Flagging Rules for FY 2015 Data Submissions 

Other Presentations

Hospital Palliative Care Pilot Project Presentation

Hospital Palliative Care Pilot Project: Study Components and Final Pilot Hospital Group


Last Updated: 12/4/2015