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    Provide assistance in the planning, development and implementation of hospital-and health system-based palliative care programs

    Facilitate collaboration among hospitals, hospices and nursing home providers of palliative care as well as the national organizations that represent these constituencies

    Encourage development of new mechanisms for financing palliative care services

    Organize and promote access to professional education opportunities in palliative care for physicians, nurses, hospital executives and other team members

    Collect and disseminate information and data on national trends in palliative care practice and delivery

    Promote consensus on appropriate norms to measure the quality and performance of palliative care practice and programs

    Foster innovation and stimulate interest in palliative care