Coalition Blog – #2 – Welcome to the second Coalition Blog Post! For a brief description of the Coalition, please see our previous blog. Our nine Coalition Member Organizations and staff work collaboratively on a number of Coalition activities that can be categorized into two large “buckets” of work: Standard Coalition Activities (i.e., advancing the … Read moreThe NCHPC Structure, Key Activities and Ongoing Projects
By Phillip E. Rodgers, MD FAAHPM Co-chair, AAHPM Public Policy Committee and Quality-Payment Working Group AAHPM Representative, American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update (RUC) Advisory Committee On Nov. 15, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule. (Access a CMS Fact Sheet.) Each … Read moreQuick Take on the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: 5 Things You Should Know
Read the official press release from the Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice of Southern Maine. Pingree, Collins, local agencies advocate passage of Palliative Care and Hospice education bill Legislation would provide expanded education, training, research and awareness of palliative care impact SCARBOROUGH, Maine (Sept. 19, 2016) – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association, … Read moreAdvancements on PCHETA Bill
By Gregg VandeKieft, MD MA FAAFP FAAHPM Chair, AAHPM Advocacy & Awareness Strategic Coordinating Committee This week (4/5/16), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (shown in photo addressing Academy leaders during AAHPM’s 2015 Capitol Hill Days) reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) in the U.S. Senate as S. 2748. The bill is … Read moreAdvancing PCHETA: We Need YOU!
By Phil Rodgers, MD FAAHPM AAHPM Public Policy Committee Co-chair and RUC Advisor Dr. Jennifer Brokaw’s article from Time magazine linked in the 11/10 SmartBrief concludes that CMS payment for advance care planning (ACP) services, that will start January 1, 2016, is inadequate to support the time necessary for physicians and qualified providers to provide … Read moreMedicare Pay for Advance Care Planning Doesn’t Fall That Short
By Gregg VandeKieft, MD MA FAAFP FAAHPM Co-chair, AAHPM Public Policy Committee The following is part of a three-post progressive blog about advance care planning, prompted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) decision not to pay for the new “complex” advance care planning codes in this year’s Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Now is … Read moreOrganizational Advocacy Key to Promoting Advance Care Planning… Now it’s Time for Individuals to Make Their Voices Heard!
Larry Beresford A dense, 49-page government document with a mouthful of a title, “Medicare Program; FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform” was published in the Federal Register on August 7—with huge implications for hospices and their medical directors. This Final Rule does much … Read moreFinal Rule in Regulatory Challenges—How are You Affected?
Years of Academy effort to develop legislation that expands opportunities for interdisciplinary education and training in palliative care paid off last summer when the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) was introduced in Congress by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16). (Access a summary of the bill.) In March … Read moreMoving PCHETA on Capitol Hill: A Q&A with the Academy’s Lobbyist
by Amjad Riar, MD Nearly a decade ago, during my training as a third-year medical resident, one of my rotations in oncology was at Johns Hopkins. One of the responsibilities was to admit patients with advanced cancers, and I saw oncological emergencies for seriously ill cancer patients. This ignited the thought in my mind that … Read moreThe Role of Individual Advocacy in State Efforts to Promote Palliative Care
by Larry Beresford On February 21 AAHPM, on behalf of its members and the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine, joined with 15 other medical societies to introduce Round Two of Choosing Wisely, a major national health care quality initiative sponsored by the ABIM Foundation. In a health care system undergoing rapid reforms, serious turmoil … Read moreHospice and Palliative Medicine Commit to ‘Choosing Wisely’