By Richard S. Pieters, MD MEd FACR I am an AMA member, delegate and council member. I originally joined the American Medical Association (AMA) because, like it or not, the politicians in Washington consider the AMA the voice of American physicians. All of the specialty societies can speak for their specialty, but only the AMA … Read moreHelp Ensure the Issues of the Hospice and Palliative Care Community Are Represented on the National Stage
It was an exciting Annual Assembly for the Measuring What Matters team, who presented both a preconference workshop and an concurrent session to the AAHPM/HPNA membership. Some of the supportive & challenging comments we received included: Measures are power. Quality measures will happen, and we need to be part of the process! Now I appreciate … Read moreMeasuring What Matters at Annual Assembly
It’s hard to believe that the 2014 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly is over. There is so much preparation that goes into it all year that it’s a bit surreal to be done. In a few days we will start collecting abstracts for Philadelphia and the whole process will start over! My favorite part of … Read moreWhy I am Helping to Shape the Future
Larry Beresford Are accumulated job stresses affecting your ability to provide high-quality hospice and palliative medicine to your patients? Do you have strategies for easing or managing the stresses of this work? Given this field’s ongoing workforce challenges, it can’t afford to lose a single practicing hospice and palliative medicine physician to job stress or … Read moreAre You in Danger of Burnout?
Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: Nurse-Led Follow-Up at Home versus Conventional Medical Outpatient Clinic Follow-Up in Patients With Incurable Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer: A Randomized Study Madeleen J. Uitdehaag, Paul G. van Putten, Casper H.J. van Eijck, Els M.L. Verschuur, Ate van der Gaast, Chulja J. Pek, … Read moreHighlights of the March Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (JPSM)
So how is the leadership thing working out? Palliative care, hospice care and healthcare in general has evolved into the most complex team sport of all time. And getting people to move cohesively around a simple common ground effort should not be that hard…but it is. Some try the bull-horn approach (I did that for … Read morePhysician Engagement & Influence in Organizational Management
Ronald J. Crossno, MD FAAFP FAAHPM Help AAHPM by joining the AMA. That is a refrain you’ve been hearing repeatedly in recent months. As we approach the midway mark of the second decade of the 21st century, why would any HPM physician choose to be a member of the American Medical Association? Isn’t the AMA … Read moreHelp AAHPM by joining the AMA