AAHPM Monthly Wrap Up – October 2021

Registration has launched for the 2022 Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, held February 9-12 in Nashville, TN. Registrants can choose how they would like to attend the Annual Assembly, whether in-person or virtually. No matter how you join us, all registrants will receive access to the virtual Annual Assembly platform to allow for greater flexibility and on-demand learning for 90 days after the meeting has concluded. Read more about the health and safety protocols for onsite registrants to keep all attendees safe and protected.

The 2022 State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care will also be taking place in-person in Nashville, TN, February 11-13, co-located with the Annual Assembly. Registration is now open for this unique event designed to promote networking with fellow investigators and gain insights into new research and methods in hospice and palliative medicine. Review the health and safety protocols for this meeting.

AAHPM RUC Advisor Phil Rodgers represented the Academy at the October meeting of the AMA Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). AAHPM has been working with a number of specialty societies to survey our members about the work involved in inpatient, consultation, and prolonged care services to inform RUC recommendations to CMS regarding the valuation of relevant CPT codes, which have been revised for implementation in 2023.

AAHPM’s Value-based Payment Advisory Group met with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) staff on October 12 to provide insights into palliative care practice, discuss lessons learned from previous models, and share concerns as CMS considers new payment and delivery models aimed at supporting serious illness care.

Leadership Forum: Ignite brought together over 60 leaders from diverse disciplines and practice settings on October 12 for a digital event designed to advance leadership skills. For those in attendance, evaluations must be completed by this Friday, November 12, to receive CME.

The NPCRC Kathleen Foley Research Retreat, co-sponsored by AAHPM, was held from October 26-28 in Jackson Hole, WY. AAHPM was represented by Nate Goldstein, Wendy-Jo Toyama, Rebecca Aslakson, and Katherine Ast, along with 10 AAHPM Research Scholars from 2019 and 2020. The retreat was a huge success.

AAHPM will be holding the final Virtual Career Fair of 2021! Mark your calendars to participate in the November 12 career fair. This free event is open to anyone interested in a position in the hospice and palliative care field. Register now to participate.

If you are certified (or have a certificate of added qualification) in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and are due for your MOC assessment (exam) in 2022, you need to take action to select the type of assessment is available and/or preferred to maintain your HPM certification. Learn more and be sure to contact your primary board for details.

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