Week in Review: February 8-12, 2021

The Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care begins next week. Registration will only be available until February 19 – even if you can’t attend next week, on-demand sessions will be available through May 20, so be sure to gain access while you can. We can’t wait to connect with you!

AAFP Prescribed Credit for Family Physicians is only available for the live sessions of the 2021 Annual Assembly presented February 17 – 19 (maximum of 11.75 AAFP credits). These credits must be claimed by February 22, 2021 at 4 pm CT. Family Physicians may claim additional AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM through May 31.

AAHPM worked with partners in the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care to develop a set of legislative and regulatory policy recommendations for the Biden Administration and new 117th Congress. These policy proposals from the field are aimed at improving access to high-quality serious illness care and tackling the unique challenges posed by COVID-19.

AAHPM’s representative Ali John Zarrabi, MD, participated in a meeting of the AMA Cannabis Task Force this week. The Task Force, charged with evaluating and disseminating scientific evidence to providers and the public, heard from a CDC epidemiologist about the agency’s cannabis strategy and discussed developing an AMA CME module on cannabis and specialty-specific guidance for discussing cannabis with patients.

AAHPM joined stakeholders in the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research in transmitting to congressional appropriators joint recommendations for FY 2022 NIH funding. More than 360 groups came together to recommend meaningful growth in the NIH base budget of 5% over inflation and to urge a robust commitment to discretionary and emergency spending programs, including to address COVID-19 related expenses.

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