Top 10 Tips for Palliative Care Quality Reporting
Janet Bull, MD, Arif Kamal, MD and colleagues, outline 10 tips for palliative care clinicians completing CMS's Physician Quality Reporting System measures in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Failure to submit the quality data for 2015 will result in a 4% negative reimbursement penalty in 2017.
ASCO & AAHPM Joint Statement on High-Quality Palliative Care
In a joint statement on defining and providing high-quality palliative care, these medical societies offer guidance on “primary palliative care in oncology”–specific aspects of palliative care that should be considered as part of routine cancer care delivered directly by medical oncology practices. Learn more.
Call for PC-FACS Editorial Leadership
The PC-FACS leadership team is seeking applications for their open positions: Associate Editor-in-Chief, Senior Section Editors, and Associate Editors. PC-FACS is our electronic monthly publication that provides concise summaries and insightful commentaries from nearly 100 medical and scientific journals. Learn more about the open positions and read the job descriptions.
August's HPMQ Video Released
This month's HPMQ (Hospice and Palliative Medicine Questions) video features the question "What is my key role as a hospice and palliative care clinician in spinal cord compression?" presented by Janet Abrahm, MD FACP FAAHPM. Watch the video.
TJC Announces New Performance Measures for Palliative Care
The Joint Commission completed a standardized performance measure set in support of its Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care. All hospitals seeking certification and those currently certified will be required to implement the new measures effective January 1, 2017. TJC selected measures for their set identified as important through Measuring What Matters.
Hospice Medical Director Manual, 3rd Edition Launched
This new manual is double the size of the last edition. New chapters include topics on burnout, leadership, diversity, and ethics. Define best practices for your role and gain access to tools and sample documents for you to utilize in your daily work. Learn More.
HPM PASS, 3rd Edition Now Available
This 150-item practice test recently got a facelift. HPM PASS, 3rd Edition features new questions and helps simulate the board certification exam. Earn CME credits and MOC points while studying for your exam. Learn More.
AAHPM Submits Comments to CMS on MACRA Implementation
In June 27 comments to CMS, AAHPM urged the agency to consider the unique needs of hospice and palliative care patients and providers when implementing quality and payment changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Summer Institute Handouts Now Available
Access your handouts and evaluations for the Summer Institute. We look forward to seeing you next week at the Intensive Board Review Course, Hospice Course, VitalTalk, and Ascend Leadership Forum.
Free Webinar Recording: MACRA & Palliative Care Providers
Under MACRA, Medicare is moving from volume- to value-based reimbursement. AAHPM leaders present an overview of MACRA's quality and payment provisions and discuss challenges and opportunities this law offers for our field.