Quick Take on the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: 5 Things You Should Know

By Phillip E. Rodgers, MD FAAHPM Co-chair, AAHPM Public Policy Committee and Quality-Payment Working Group AAHPM Representative, American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update (RUC) Advisory Committee On Nov. 15, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule. (Access a CMS Fact Sheet.)  Each … Read moreQuick Take on the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: 5 Things You Should Know

Highlights of the December Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: Education Exchange How Islam Influences End-of-Life Care: Education for Palliative Care Clinicians Madeline Leong, Sage Olnick, Tahara Akmal, Amanda Copenhaver, and Rab Razzak Special Series on Measuring What Matters Adherence to Measuring What Matters Items When Caring for Patients with Hematologic … Read moreHighlights of the December Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Reflecting on the Palliative Care Research Retreat

As I landed in Quebec for the Annual Kathleen M. Foley Palliative Care Retreat and Research Symposium, I had little idea what was in store for me at this fantastic professional networking opportunity. As a junior investigator in the field of palliative and end-of-life care research, I was certainly looking forward to this opportunity. But … Read moreReflecting on the Palliative Care Research Retreat

AAHPM and Partners Receive Grant to Fund National Registries Project

Clinical data registries (CDRs) have the potential to demonstrate value and drive measure development within the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine. They also advance Maintenance of Certification and research endeavors and promote national quality improvement. The increasing requirement for quality reporting within value-based payment programs has elevated the need for organized data systems. Physicians … Read moreAAHPM and Partners Receive Grant to Fund National Registries Project

Highlights of the November Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: Original Articles EffenDys – Fentanyl Buccal Tablet for the Relief of Episodic Breathlessness in Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Multicenter, Open-Label, Randomized, Morphine-Controlled, Crossover, Phase II Trial Steffen T. Simon, Marianne Kloke, Bernd Alt-Epping, Jan Gärtner, Martin Hellmich, Rebecca Hein, Maren … Read moreHighlights of the November Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Research & Retreats: An Inside Look from AAHPM President Christian Sinclair

Each year, AAHPM awards a number of scholarships to deserving individuals to attend the Annual Kathleen M. Foley Palliative Care Retreat & Research Symposium through the Research Scholars Program. Congratulations to our 2016 recipients! Gain an insider’s view of the retreat from current AAHPM President Christian Sinclair. _____________________ During this year as president of the … Read moreResearch & Retreats: An Inside Look from AAHPM President Christian Sinclair

A One-On-One with Extremis’ Dr. Jessica Zitter

In September 2016, Netflix released an original documentary, “Extremis”; a 24-minute account of the end of life experience in an ICU setting. The AAHPM member featured in the documentary, Jessica Zitter, MD, recounts her journey to becoming a hospice and palliative medicine physician and her idea for the documentary. “In 2009, I realized the need … Read moreA One-On-One with Extremis’ Dr. Jessica Zitter

Highlights of the October Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: Special Series on Measuring What Matters Care Consistency with Documented Care Preferences: Methodologic Considerations for Implementing the Measuring What Matters Quality Indicator Kathleen T. Unroe, Susan E. Hickman, Alexia M. Torke, and the AAHPM Research Committee Writing Group Original Articles Impact … Read moreHighlights of the October Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Highlights of the September Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: Cost Analysis and Policy Implications of a Pediatric Palliative Care Program Daphna Gans, Max W. Hadler, Xiao Chen, Shang-Hua Wu, Robert Dimand, Jill M. Abramson, Betty Ferrell, Allison L. Diamant, and Gerald F. Kominski An Intervention to Enhance Goals-of-Care Communication Between … Read moreHighlights of the September Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management