The Devil Is in the Denominator

To improve quality, whom we measure is as important as what. by Joe Rotella, MD, MBA, FAAHPM The growing awareness in America that our healthcare system is unaffordable and fails to deliver consistent quality has led us to healthcare reform, mandatory quality reporting, pay-for-performance, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). We need good measures of quality … Read moreThe Devil Is in the Denominator

President Crossno’s Letter to American Medical News

Letter to American Medical News January 6, 2012 Re: Handful of States Promise Physicians Online Access to Advance Directives, posted January 3, 2012 on amednews.com http://bit.ly/vFKMvx When very sick patients are unable to express their wishes toward the end of life, nothing is more heartbreaking for doctors and loved ones than not knowing what those … Read morePresident Crossno’s Letter to American Medical News

What Is Palliative Care?

by Ruth Mugalian, Public Communications Inc. Read the full article about defining palliative care in the Winter issue of The Quarterly. When I talk about my work with hospice and palliative medicine specialists and why I enjoy it, I usually say something like this: “They’re doctors who take care of very sick patients. They relieve … Read moreWhat Is Palliative Care?

Another Way to Advocate for Patients

by Emily Muse, AAHPM Communities Manager I am a planner. I create lists, diagrams, and spreadsheets for almost everything. I even use a planning rubric when packing for weekend trips. Obviously, I began my preparation for the 2011 AAHPM Washington DC “Capitol Hill Fly In” by researching my congressional representatives and senators. I wanted to … Read moreAnother Way to Advocate for Patients

Pacific Northwest Ahead of the Curve in End-of-Life Care. Or Is It?

by Joanna Fief I’ve been hearing about the need for improved end-of-life care since I was a kid. My mom was a hospice nurse for many years and always talked about the importance of broader and earlier access to palliative care for patients and their families. I never dreamed my work would overlap with hers, … Read morePacific Northwest Ahead of the Curve in End-of-Life Care. Or Is It?

Update from the AMA 2011 Annual Meeting

by Chad D. Kollas, MD, FACP, FCLM, FAAHPM – AAHPM Delegate to the AMA While in Chicago from June 18-20 to represent the Academy at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates, my colleague Dennis Pacl, MD FAAP FACP – AAHPM’s alternate delegate – and I took in a show one … Read moreUpdate from the AMA 2011 Annual Meeting

Eager Medical Students Learn about Palliative Medicine

by Emily Muse, AAHPM Manager, Communities and Programs Saturday was the opening of the American Medical Association House of Delegates Annual Meeting 2011. One of the featured events was the eighth annual AMA-MSS Medical Specialty Showcase. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine was invited to exhibit at this event and took the opportunity … Read moreEager Medical Students Learn about Palliative Medicine

Lessons Learned at the ACP Meeting: Where do we go from here?

Steven (Skip) Radwany, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, is the Medical Director of Summa Health System’s Palliative Care and Hospice Services, and Professor of Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Radwany is the AAHPM Ethics, Advocacy and External Awareness Strategic Coordinating Committee Chair. This comes in follow-up to my post a couple of … Read moreLessons Learned at the ACP Meeting: Where do we go from here?