AAHPM Week in Review: June 3-7, 2019

AAHPM members received an email earlier this week asking for your input in the Academy’s strategic planning review process. Share where you think AAHPM should focus its efforts over the next 3-5 years. An email was sent on Monday, June 3 and a reminder will be sent the following week. Survey closes June 19.


Applications are now open to become a Fellow of the Academy. If you are a physician who is active in the Academy and board certified in HPM, you can apply to achieve the FAAHPM distinction, one of the highest honor the Academy bestows on its physician members. Applications are due September 16.


Looking for affordable high-quality education for your team? Consider the 2019 Virtual Conference, Overcoming the Challenges of Community-Based Palliative Care. AAHPM is partnering with NHPCO and HPNA to address key clinical and program issues on July 17-18. Registration is open with discounts for members.


AAHPM CMO Joe Rotella participated in the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care’s inaugural National Policy Forum in Washington, DC. The event featured members of Congress and was designed to highlight opportunities to improve serious illness care through legislative and regulatory policy. Dr. Rotella was a featured panelist in a discussion of the new Primary Care First payment model.


AAHPM joined Physician Assistants in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and NCHPC partners to send a letter asking CMS to identify opportunities in the rulemaking process to amend the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation. The current CoPs do not allow a PA to order medications for hospice patients even though PAs are now authorized by statute to serve as attending physicians.


As a member of the AMA Opioid Task Force, AAHPM contributed to new recommendations that urge policymakers to protect patients’ access to evidence-based treatment and remove barriers to comprehensive pain care. In 2015, the Task Force issued six initial recommendations regarding actions physicians could take to address the opioid crisis. Check out related resources at www.end-opioid-epidemic.org.

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