Week in Review: October 5-9, 2020

Participate in the last week of the Virtual Board Prep Study Thread on AAHPM Connect, where you can review board style cased-based questions, share your knowledge, and interact with experts in the field. Simply add #HPMboards20 when posting or replying to messages in the Open Forum to follow the discussion. Good luck to those taking the exam on October 19.


The third call for abstracts for the 2021 virtual Annual Assembly is now open through October 22. If you’re early career (less than five years post-training) or in training, this is your opportunity to submit. Also, if you are interested in reviewing case study or scholar work-in-progress abstracts from this call, please complete the reviewer information survey by October 14.


Join AAHPM’s first virtual book club discussion on October 22, 3 pm CT. We will discuss Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care by Dayna Bowen Matthew, which was selected for the 2020 Annual Assembly’s book club. Register by October 21 and a link will be emailed to you the day of the event.


With guidance from relevant committees, AAHPM submitted comments on CMS’ proposed policies for the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program. The Academy also sent a brief letter responding to CMS’ request for information on electronic prescribing of controlled substances.


Phil Rodgers represented AAHPM at a virtual meeting of the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). The RUC considers specialties’ input to recommend relative values for physician work and direct practice expense to CMS. AAHPM worked with eight other specialty societies to present joint recommendations related to the Prolonged Services codes.

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