Week in Review: April 5-9, 2021


AAHPM & the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network are hosting a free joint webinar on April 29 entitled “Racism in Healthcare and Strategies for Equity in Hospice and Palliative Care” at 3pm ET. Registration is required. Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/31QDD6C.

AAHPM responded to a Senate HELP Committee request for stakeholder input on workforce development policy. The Academy asked the Committee to include PCHETA in any legislative package, noting PCHETA would help build a healthcare workforce more closely aligned with the nation’s evolving healthcare needs (including future pandemics) and improve care and quality of life for millions of Americans facing serious illness.

The Academy’s consultant Matt Duckworth (Hart Health Strategies) was among the presenters in this week’s National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care Advocacy Town Hall, a webinar exploring the health policy outlook under the Biden Administration and 117th Congress and opportunities for hospice and palliative care. Access a recording and links to resources shared during the event.

Phil Rodgers, MD FAAHPM, represented AAHPM in a small-group dialogue with CMS staff arranged by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. The specialties shared concerns and asked questions about CMS’ approach to cost measurement – statutorily required as part of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) – with an eye toward improvements that ensure fair treatment of physicians and improved quality for beneficiaries.

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