In April, the Palmetto GBA Medical Directors issued a memo to home health and hospice providers because of concern over a high error rate related to signature problems in the medical record, x-ray reports, and laboratory and radiology orders. They hope to make a significant improvement in the error rate over the next year through provider education.
What is CMSS and why did AAHPM leadership decide that it was important to participate? CMSS represents the needs of physician specialists and subspecialists in American health care. And, with complicated issues like the medical home and graduate medical education slots on the table, they represent an important voice.
A critical and integral component of palliative care is hospice. Many of us in the field have worked hard to help health care professionals, the public and the media understand that palliative care is appropriate for all persons living with a serious or life-threatening illness and their families.
Have you heard yet that AAHPM has partnered with ReachMD, an innovative communications company, providing thought-provoking medical news and information to healthcare practitioners? More importantly, have you listened? Established to help increasingly time-constrained medical providers stay abreast of new research, treatment protocols and continuing education requirements, ReachMD delivers innovative and informative radio programming via XM … Read moreReachMD Partnership Sounds Like a Success
At the Annual Assembly in the session on Pandemic Palliative Care we discussed the increasing recognition of the role that HPM physicians will be expected to play in a disaster or pandemic. We also discussed the inability of the US to effectively protect the public health with quarantine measures. The AMA News today emphasizes this … Read morePandemic Palliative Care
In a matter of one week, the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston transformed from a few rolled up carpets, posters, and chairs to a convention center full of energy, information, and more than 2,400 hospice and palliative medicine professionals. Tweets using the #AAHPM or #HPMAssembly hash tag numbered at 834, AAHPM’s blog team … Read moreAssembly Recap at a Glance…
After a busy conference schedule it was wonderful to walk in to the Weaving Connections – Service of Remembrance & Celebration and be greeted by the wonderful music of Trillium. Trillium is a group of volunteer singers from Vermont who harmonize their hearts for patients in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes. I was so … Read moreWeaving Connections
The Hospice and Palliative Care Council of Vermont schedules an educational assembly around flag day, Mid-June, at Lake Morey Inn, near the New Hampshire border — it’s a magical place, every meeting room facing the lake a few yards away, the mountains just beyond the further shore, the meeting more dominated by music and art … Read moreWounded Warriors: Their Last Battle
I had not originally thought to attend this seminar, but my NP colleague had expressed an interest in attending this session. Mostly because some of the patients we are seeing now are younger with children and ask for how to explain death to their children. Is there a good resource? What a great presentation of … Read moreWhat children learn about death
This informative talk by Drs. Goldstein and Anderson was a well-paced informative synopsis of 8 important peer-reviewed articles and how the findings can be applied to our patients. I will refrain from citing the actual articles and authors as those can be easily found in the downloaded handouts. I will summarize take home point and … Read moreState of the Science