Managing Neuropathic Pain in Palliative Care

What an enjoyable and totally painless experience attending this lecture turned out to be. Stefan Freidrichsdorf was entertaining as well as completely knowledgeable about this subject. His use of movie clips to illustrate a point was unique; his case study was compelling. The case study had multiple elements that lent themselves to illustrated several points … Read moreManaging Neuropathic Pain in Palliative Care

Compassionate and Mindful End-of-life Care: A Relational-Contemplative Approach for Clinicians

Roshi Joan Halifax is no longer afraid of getting what the dying have because she has recognized she’s already got it. We are all mortal. Both as a Zen priest and medical anthropologist she has paid 40 years of close attention to the marginalized position of the dying. At Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe … Read moreCompassionate and Mindful End-of-life Care: A Relational-Contemplative Approach for Clinicians

Hospice Medical Director Course: A seamless Presentation of Material

Julie Bruno, AAHPM Director of Education, started the morning plenary session with a reminder that “life happens” at preconference workshops just as it does in real life, so one of the session speakers had to attend to a family health matter. The schedule was therefore rearranged a bit to provide the two remaining faculty time … Read moreHospice Medical Director Course: A seamless Presentation of Material

Coding and Billing… I finally see the LIGHT!

Billing and Coding is complex and certainly NOT a core medical competency for most doctors. The Precourse discussion by Martha Twaddle, Janet Bull and Christopher Acevedo was both timely and enlightening. Here are some of the salient points from the talk: Look at complexity BEFORE coding Time!! If the clinician bills only on time you … Read moreCoding and Billing… I finally see the LIGHT!

Preconference Workshop – Challenging Medication Management Issues at the End of Life

Henry the County Extension Agent was making the rounds of the feed stores when he ran into one of the local ranchers he hadn’t seen in a while. “Say, Jake,” he said, “I’m hosting a seminar next week over at the Grange and one of the experts from down at the University is coming in … Read morePreconference Workshop – Challenging Medication Management Issues at the End of Life