Week in Review: March 16-20

We are proud to share the AAHPM Annual Report video – take a look at all we accomplished in 2019.

AAHPM prepared a page of COVID-19 resources to help you navigate this public health pandemic. Also, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management is fast tracking articles that describe any aspect of the involvement of palliative care in COVID-19 preparation and response, with an emphasis on lessons, insights, or recommendations that would be of immediate value to the field.

As Congress considered coronavirus response legislation this week, AAHPM crafted a letter for joint submission by the NCHPC urging swift passage. It highlighted provisions key to ensuring hospice and palliative care providers can fulfill their professional mission and called on the Administration to allow virtual visits from clinicians to manage patient needs and fulfill any administrative face-to-face visit requirements.

AAHPM worked with NCHPC partners on a response to a Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health request for recommendations to inform future legislation aimed at improving Alzheimer’s/dementia care. The Coalition letter details legislative and regulatory policy solutions anchored in access to high-quality palliative and hospice care and emphasizes that care transitions should be driven by need rather than payment policy.

COVID-19 is disrupting training of residents and fellows as health care teams and systems work hard to address this public health crisis. The ACGME and ABMS seek to provide guidance on training requirements. Additionally, ABIM has cancelled all spring certification assessments.

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