Week in Review: November 18-22

AAHPM leaders were among the presenters for a NCHPC webinar reviewing opportunities for palliative care and hospice programs eligible to participate in the Seriously Ill Population (SIP) option under the CMS Primary Care First payment model demonstration. Review the webinar recording and slides detailing this new alternative payment model for serious illness care. Applications are due January 22, 2020.

The 2019 Annual Assembly outcomes study asked about changes to practice around the use of ketamine for those who mentioned it in their evaluation. Half of the respondents stated they had made changes already: one worked with a pharmacist and an anesthesiologist to write a protocol for ketamine’s use for treating depression in adolescent cancer patients and another is updating a policy that currently only allows its use in the ICU. What practice-impacting content could you take home when you attend the 2020 Annual Assembly?

Chad Kollas, Ron Crossno, and Kyle Edmonds represented AAHPM at AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting, where Kollas also led meetings of the Pain and Palliative Medicine Section Council. Academy members Holly Yang, Lase Ajayi, and Karl Steinberg also participated. Review highlights of the meeting, follow the conversation on Twitter, and watch opening remarks of AMA president Patrice Harris.

AAHPM staff members Steve Smith, Julie Bruno, Kelly McKenna and Joe Rotella attended the semi-annual meeting of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. They participated in small group discussions and listened to presentations on Telehealth Adoption, the Ethics of Big Data, Fueling Care Delivery Reform, and the Potential for AI in Specialty Medicine.

AAHPM staff member Dawn Levreau attended the ABIM Liaison Committee on Certification and Recertification Meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting provided an opportunity for specialty society staff and committee members to learn more around the recent decision to move to a Longitudinal Assessment and share thoughts on this decision and the impact on each society.

Giving Tuesday, on December 3rd, is global day of giving to begin the charitable giving season. Consider making a gift to AAHPM to help further the field of hospice and palliative medicine. Every gift, regardless of its amount, makes a difference to the ultimate goal of improving the care for patients and their families. Thank you for your support.

The Week in Review will not be posted next week due to the shortened work week. The AAHPM offices will be close on Wednesday, November 27 at 4:30 pm ET and remain closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, December 2 at 9 am ET.

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