Week in Review: June 8-12, 2020

Volunteer to serve on a committee, advisory/working group or as a reviewer or contributor. Complete the application by June 19, 2020 to be considered for volunteer service. All volunteers must be AAHPM members in good standing. Share your skills and expertise in hospice and palliative care while growing professionally and advancing the field.

Nominate a colleague or yourself to be a member of the AAHPM Board of Directors and make an impact on the Academy’s future. Nominations are open for: President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and 7 director-at-large positions (physician members). Voting will take place this fall.

The NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA Virtual Conference early bird rate has been extended through July 20. Organizations that register will receive two logins to help programs that are practicing distancing. The focus on quality is important now more than ever. Learn more and register.

Delegates Chad Kollas and Ron Crossno, Alternate Phil Peterson and Young Physician Section Delegate Kyle Edmonds represented AAHPM during the virtual Special Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates held June 7. Review meeting highlights and video remarks from the outgoing and incoming AMA president.

AAHPM submitted comments on CMS’ proposed rule addressing FY 2021 hospice payment, offering input on policies to support hospice providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency and beyond.

AAHPM joined state and specialty medical society partners in sending a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to include limited liability protections for physicians and other healthcare professionals in the next COVID-19 relief package, particularly as provided in the bipartisan Coronavirus Provider Protection Act (H.R. 7059).

With continued support from AAHPM, the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative (PCQC) hosted a virtual Board meeting on June 9. The PCQC Board made important decisions about the creation of committees of the board and approving an annual budget. The PCQC registry will open on August 3.

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