Week in Review: January 20-24, 2020

Early bird pricing ends January 30 – save up to 25% on the registration rates for the Annual Assembly and the State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care. If you attend both events, you can save an additional 20% on your Assembly rate. Nearly 80% of the hotel rooms are booked and a few of the hotel blocks are already filled, so reserve your room soon.


Handouts for the Annual Assembly are due January 31. Attendees count on this information to enhance their learning. Please submit via the online speaker portal. Reference the reminder email sent earlier this week for further information.


If you served as a reviewer for the Call for Abstracts in 2019, consider volunteering to serve as a case, quality improvement and/or scientific poster judge for the 2020 Annual Assembly. Sign up by January 31. Complete a 2-minute survey to confirm your interest.


Phil Rodgers and Gregg VandeKieft, along with AAHPM staff and consultants, participated in the Patient Quality of Life Coalition annual meeting. Member organizations met in Washington, DC, to define the coalition’s advocacy priorities for 2020. Attendees discussed strategy to advance the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) and opportunities to expand palliative care research and improve payment policy.


AAHPM staff attended the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) meeting. The RUC is a volunteer, multispecialty body that works to describe the resources required to provide physician services in order to make recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on how to value a physician’s work.

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