AAHPM Week in Review: September 30 – October 4, 2019

Call for proposals for both the Annual Assembly and State of the Science research symposium are now open. Read the guidelines for the Annual Assembly call for case sessions and call for scholar e-posters (due November 1) and the State of the Science call for abstracts (due October 23).


Registration is now open for the Annual Assembly and the State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care. Make your reservations early to save your spot. If interested in attending both, read how you can save 20% on your Annual Assembly registration rate.


AAHPM submitted comments on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule addressing changes to the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, including the Quality Payment Program. The Public Policy and Quality Committees and leaders of the Hospice Medicine Council and Physician Assistants SIG provided input to guide the Academy’s feedback.


Phil Rodgers represented AAHPM at the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) meeting in Chicago. He served on a committee that provides specialty societies with feedback on their survey data and proposals related to new/revised CPT codes. The RUC considers specialties’ input to recommend relative values for physician work and direct practice expense to CMS.


The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act has topped 290 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. If your legislators support PCHETA, please thank them and ask them to help advance the bill for a vote. AAHPM’s Legislative Action Center makes it easy to e-mail and tweet your members of Congress. (Suggested messaging generated by status of lawmaker’s support.)


AAHPM CEO Steve Smith participated in the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care fall board meeting hosted by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, DC.

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