AAHPM Week in Review: October 22-26

Here’s an update of AAHPM activities during the week of October 22, 2018:

The AAHPM Board of Directors met in Chicago this week. In addition to receiving reports and presentations from committees and councils, it approved 3 new developing communities, 86 new fellows of the Academy, the 2019 preliminary budget, several new product editions, the location for the 2023 Annual Assembly, and also spent time learning about board member responsibilities related to various issues.

Chad Kollas is the Academy’s representative on the American Medical Association’s Opioid Task Force, which convened this week. This group of physician organizations is working to develop policy recommendations, clinical best practices, and educational resources to address the public health crisis of opioid use disorder and overdose death. Kollas urged a statement on preserving timely access for patients with legitimate need.

The 2019 Annual Assembly call for case submissions and scholar e-posters closes on Thursday, November 1, so send in your submission soon. This is your opportunity to share and disseminate best practices in the field or work in progress posters. Learn more and submit.

All ABIM diplomates should have received an email from ABIM with quarterly updates on end-of-year deadlines (make sure you check your portal page to see if you have any requirements due), information about the new assessment option, MOC program updates, including 2019 fee schedule, and the benefits of participating in MOC.

Interested in getting more involved with AAHPM? Become a Community Leader! This is a great opportunity to meet other hospice and palliative care professionals, stay informed of the work of the Academy, and be a part of the innovation in the field. If interested, apply by Monday, October 29th. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Smith.

The ACGME HPM Reporting Milestones Workgroup had its final meeting October 13-14. HPM is among the first subspecialties to develop specialty-specific reporting milestones. The workgroup is also finalizing a supplemental guide to accompany the milestones. Both will be reviewed with fellowship directors prior to the 2019 Annual Assembly and reported for fellows during the 2019-20 training year.

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