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

A Word with the Authors: Primer Tracks Growth in Field

The fifth edition of the Primer of Palliative Care will debut at the 2010 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly, March 4-6, in Boston, MA. Authored by Tim Quill, MD FACP FAAHPM; Robert G. Holloway, MD MPH; Mindy Stevens Shah, MD; Thomas V. Caprio, MD FACP; Aaron M. Olden, MD; and Porter Storey, Jr., MD FACP … Read moreA Word with the Authors: Primer Tracks Growth in Field

Student Perspective: Our Identity as HPM Physicians

“You want to go into what?” Explaining to family and friends exactly what palliative medicine is and why you’re interested in it can be a daunting task. In my experience, the looks usually go from confused to dismayed to confused again. “How could you possibly want to do something so…morbid? You have to be a … Read moreStudent Perspective: Our Identity as HPM Physicians

What Does the American Civil War Teach Us About Contemporary Death and Mourning?

Join the Humanities SIG at the Assembly in Boston for an illuminating discussion of the award winning book, This Republic of Suffering, on Saturday, March 6, 12:15 – 1:15 pm. Among the questions we’ll discuss: Prior to the Civil War, the end of life process commonly occurred at home, with family, the family physician, clergy, … Read moreWhat Does the American Civil War Teach Us About Contemporary Death and Mourning?

AAHPM President Reacts to Misleading HPM News Article

AAHPM submitted the following letter to US News & World Report in response to Dr. Bernadine Healy’s “On Health” column from the recent February 2010 Special Issue – “Aging Well” – which included some misleading comments about hospice and palliative medicine. We encourage AAHPM members to post their thoughts at the end of the article … Read moreAAHPM President Reacts to Misleading HPM News Article