The History of NHPCA
The Nebraska Hospice Association (NHA) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization on June 6, 1983, to promote a clear understanding of the hospice philosophy and standard of care among health professionals and the general public. At that time only eight Nebraska hospices were Medicare-certified. The Nebraska Hospice Association has been a champion for the formation of additional hospice programs.
Since 2001, nearly 100 percent of Nebraska's hospice programs, as well as all of Nebraska's hospice residential facilities, have maintained their membership with NHPCA. Through them, hospice care is available to 98 percent of Nebraska's population.
In 2002, NHA began doing business as NHPCA, the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association, in recognition of the growing national movement to make "Palliative Care" (care consistent with the hospice philosophy) available to those suffering chronic health problems but not diagnosed as terminally ill.
In April of 2006, NHPCA became NHPCP, the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership, welcoming as members 11 other Nebraska organizations who have an interest in improving end-of-life care and conditions across Nebraska. In May of 2010, the name returned to Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association.