AAHPM Represented at NQF Palliative and End-of-Life Care Meeting

The National Quality Forum (NQF) held an in-person meeting in Washington, DC, May 10-11, 2016, to re-evaluate 16 palliative & end-of-life care performance measures. Information about the measures being evaluated, the NQF process, and the NQF Standing Committee roster can be found on the NQF website.  AAHPM leaders Christine Ritchie, Paul Tatum, Gregg VandeKieft, and … Read moreAAHPM Represented at NQF Palliative and End-of-Life Care Meeting

Highlights of the March Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Special Series on Measuring What Matters Adherence to Measuring What Matters Measures Using Point-of-Care Data Collection Across Diverse Clinical Settings Arif H. Kamal, Janet Bull, Christine S. Ritchie, Jean S. Kutner, Laura C. Hanson, Fred Friedman, Donald H. Taylor, Jr., and the AAHPM Research Committee Writing Group Original Articles Tai Chi Exercise for Cancer-Related Fatigue … Read moreHighlights of the March Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

HMDC PREP – Assess your knowledge of hospice medicine

AAHPM launched a comprehensive study tool, the HMDC PREP, for those preparing for the Hospice Medical Director Certification Exam coming up in May. The tool includes 75 case-based questions, rationales and active links to references. According to Dr. Porter Storey, executive vice president of AAHPM and a reviewer of HMDC PREP, “This new online tool … Read moreHMDC PREP – Assess your knowledge of hospice medicine

Findings of first empirical data on contributions of chaplain interventions in palliative care

By Eric J. Hall, president & CEO, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network When the latest Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care guidelines were announced at last year’s AAHPM annual conference, project co-chair Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FPCN, research scientist at City of Hope, said, “Quality palliative care includes all eight domains. If you are not … Read moreFindings of first empirical data on contributions of chaplain interventions in palliative care

Are You in Danger of Burnout?

Larry Beresford Are accumulated job stresses affecting your ability to provide high-quality hospice and palliative medicine to your patients? Do you have strategies for easing or managing the stresses of this work? Given this field’s ongoing workforce challenges, it can’t afford to lose a single practicing hospice and palliative medicine physician to job stress or … Read moreAre You in Danger of Burnout?

Advance Planning: More Than Care Decisions

There is much talk in health care, especially in the fields of palliative and end-of-life care about “Advance Care Planning”. And rightly so. For those with advanced illness, this process is critical to patients receiving the treatment they want and only the treatment they want. The process done well clearly improves patient’s perceived quality of … Read moreAdvance Planning: More Than Care Decisions

Final Rule in Regulatory Challenges—How are You Affected?

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?

Highlights of the October Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (JPSM)

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: High Flow Oxygen and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure for Persistent Dyspnea in Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Phase II Randomized Trial David Hui, Margarita Morgado, Gary Chisholm, Laura Withers, Quan Nguyen, Clarence Finch, Susan Frisbee-Hume, and Eduardo Bruera A Nationwide Analysis … Read moreHighlights of the October Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (JPSM)