WASHINGTON, DC- The National Hospice Organization (NHO) has a new executive director, Carl Akins, PhD, who joins NHO after five years in the same role with the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD).
At NASADAD, Dr. Akins was involved with federal, state, and private efforts in developing health planning policies, insurance coverage, data collection, and health promotion and disease prevention as related to alcohol and drug abuse legislation. In addition, he has been consultant to the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, and consultant and research associate at the Brookings Institution. From 1975 to 1977 he was deputy director of the Illinois Dangerous Drugs Commission.
Recently enacted hospice legislation, by Congressional estimates, is expected to save the taxpayer between $16 million and $33 million in its first three years. The Congressional Budget Office projects an estimated $109 million in savings to the Medicare system over a five-year period. It is anticipated that Dr. Akins' background will be useful as the National Hospice Organization assists local programs in the interpretation and utilization of this hospice benefit.