AAHPM Week in Review: July 22-26, 2019

Last chance to submit for the call for scientific and quality improvement project papers and posters for the 2020 Annual Assembly, March 18-21 in San Diego. The call closes on July 31. Learn more about the proposal process.

AAHPM joined National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care partners in sending a letter to congressional leadership expressing concerns about the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s recommendation that hospice payment rates be reduced by 2% in FY 2020. In lieu of across-the board cuts, the Coalition suggests doubling the penalty for hospice providers that do not participate in quality reporting.

Phil Rodgers, who leads AAHPM’s efforts related to payment policy, represented the Academy in a meeting of the American College of Physicians’ Subspecialty Advisory Group on Socioeconomic Affairs. SAGSA provides a forum for the ACP to gather the perspectives of internal medicine subspecialty societies on technical socioeconomic policy issues, primarily Medicare payment, coding, and resource-based relative value scale issues.

Staff members Laura Davis, Allison Lundberg, Emily Muse, Peggy Reilly, Joe Rotella, Elizabeth Smith and Steve Smith recently attended the annual conference of the American Association of Medical Society Executives in Pittsburgh. During the conference, Steve was installed as incoming president of AAMSE, Joe, Emily and Allison were featured presenters. and Laura received her FAAMSE designation Well done, Academy staff!

More than 1,000 individuals from 300 organizations participated in the recent virtual conference, “Overcoming the Challenges of Community-Based Palliative Care”, which was sponsored by AAHPM, NHPCO and HPNA.

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