AAHPM Week in Review: July 29-August 2, 2019

AAHPM hosted the first in-person board meeting of the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative (PCQC) as well as a team, comprised of representatives from the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance, Palliative Care Quality Network, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Four Seasons, National Palliative Care Research Center and AAHPM, that is working on the registry project. PCQC was recently incorporated and aims to have a national unified palliative care registry during 2020.

We recently completed calls with committee and community leaders as well as past presidents, coalition partners and member groups that will help inform the Academy’s strategic planning conversations in August. Thank you to the more than 200 members who participated – we appreciate your valuable insights. This information, along with the member survey input, will be used in drafting a new strategic plan that will be shared with members this fall.

Do your members of Congress support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647/S. 2080)? The August congressional recess is a good time to schedule an in-state meeting with your lawmakers. Republicans on the Senate HELP Committee are our top targets. AAHPM can provide contact information, talking points, and leave-behind materials for meetings. Contact advocacy@aahpm.org for assistance.

AAHPM leaders were interviewed to inform the development of a U.S. Government Accountability Office report (GAO-19-557) released this week. “Medicare Physician Services: Spending On and Use of Billing Codes for Comprehensive Care Planning Services” examines services involving an interdisciplinary team of providers who develop and communicate a care plan to Medicare beneficiaries with a serious or life-threatening illness.

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