My Breakfast with the Academy Presidents

One of my favorite events during the Annual Assembly each year is breakfast with the AAHPM Presidents – past, present and future. It’s a tradition that is meaningful to all who attend, although I suspect the reasons vary among the group. For our incoming president, Sean Morrison, this informal “coffee talk” provides an opportunity to … Read moreMy Breakfast with the Academy Presidents

Just Being

Makowski and Epstein presented a wonderful explanation of the differences between mindfulness and mindlessness. Mindfulness is purposeful with attention to one’s own mutual process during every day work with the goal of practicing clarity and compassion. I have to admit that being present totally takes a lot of work some days and the component of … Read moreJust Being

Why you should be involved in policy – More from Diane Meier

Diane Meier made a compelling case for the PC provider to be involved in the policy process. “The original sin”- of health care is that providers and patients determine what care is necessary with no regard to cost vs. benefit. We spend 16.2% of GDP on healthcare, but rank 40th in quality indices worldwide. And … Read moreWhy you should be involved in policy – More from Diane Meier

Policy Goals

Sean Morrison set a fantastic vision for the ultimate goal for Palliative Care (PC) in the future: All patients will know what PC is and when to ask for it All providers will have the knowledge and skills to administer basic PC There will be the necessary infrastructure to deliver HIGH QUALITY PC. But as … Read morePolicy Goals