Professional Resources for Agencies

General Agency Resources

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

An international organization of physicians dedicated to the advancement of hospice and palliative medicine (formerly the Academy of Hospice Physicians).

Aging with Dignity

A non-profit organization that promotes human dignity as America ages, with emphasis on improved care for those near the end of life.

Americans for Better Care of the Dying

An organization dedicated to social, professional, and policy reform to improve care for patients with serious illness and their families

Partnership for Caring: America’s Voices for the Dying

A national non-profit organization devoted to raising consumer expectations and demand for excellent end-of-life care.

Project on Death in America

An organization with the mission to understand and transform the culture and experience of dying and bereavement through initiatives in research, scholarship, the humanities, and the arts, and to foster innovations in the provision of care, public education, professional education, and public policy.

Hospice Organizations

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The largest nonprofit membership organization representing U.S. hospice and palliative care programs and professionals.

Hospice Association of America

A national organization representing hospice programs and an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care (NAHC).

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

A national organization representing hospice nurses.

Hospice Foundation of America

Promotes the hospice concept of care through education, such as their annual national bereavement teleconference.

Pain Management

American Pain Society

A multidisciplinary educational and scientific organization dedicated to serving people in pain.

Worldwide Congress on Pain

Sponsored by the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation, this site has information on pain control for both the professional and the consumer, including a library of articles and abstracts.

Grief Support


A system of resources related to death, dying, and bereavement.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

The official site of the for the Federal agency overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Medicare Hospice Benefits

An educational brochure that describes Medicare services provided by hospice, published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Joint Commission on Accreditation for Health Care Organizations (JCAHO)

Responsible for accrediting hospice programs.


Brain Injury Association of Missouri

An organization with the mission to reduce the incidence of brain injury; to promote acceptance, independence, productivity of persons with brain injury; and to support their families