The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), a nonprofit organization, is the leading voice for quality hospice, palliative and the broader continuum of care for people living with a serious illness. The National Hospice Foundation (NHF), a nonprofit organization and an affiliate of NHPCO, raises funds for NHPCO to support end-of-life care.
Partnership for Caring (formerly Choice in Dying) was the national program office for Last Acts, a program that was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In early 2004 Partnership for Caring and Last Acts were reorganized as a merged entity entitled Last Acts Partnership. In 2004, the Last Acts Partnership ceased operations. Immediately thereafter, NHPCO acquired virtually all of the physical and intellectual assets of the Last Acts Partnership.
NHPCO continued the enduring programs of Partnership for Caring and Last Acts including all the advance care planning resources. These programmatic continuations and extension were made possible by additional funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to NHPCO. With the exception of the liabilities associated with Last Acts Partnership, for all intents and purposes, NHPCO became a successor organization of Last Acts Partnership (and its predecessor entities).
Even today, NHPCO continues this work, by providing consumers with free state-specific advance directives and offering consumer support through the HelpLine (two services that Choice in Dying/Partnership for Caring had provided). In addition, NHPCO works with other national consumer groups advocating for advance care planning and improved care for dying persons and their families (see www.caringinfo.org).
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