AAHPM Week in Review: July 9-13
To keep you apprised of the many happenings within AAHPM, we have begun to compile a weekly synopsis of the Academy news. This edition features July 9-13, 2018, including news items such as PCHETA, membership numbers, Ascend Leadership Program, and more. Read the new AAHPM Week in Review.
PCHETA Advances in U.S. House of Representatives
On July 12, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce voted to report out H.R. 1676, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) – legislation developed by AAHPM – advancing the measure for consideration by the full House. Watch a video of the bill markup (see 36:16).
Intensive Board Review Course Registration Closes Aug 3
Held August 9-11, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN, this board review course will provide you with a learning experience designed to prepare you for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine certification examination. Learners will be provided high-yield information targeted towards board relevant material. Learn more and register now!
Pedi-Innovate Registration Closes Aug 3
Held August 9-11, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN, this summer pediatrics course will be a forum for interdisciplinary healthcare professionals and others with an interest in pediatric palliative care to deepen their knowledge and understanding of this nascent and rapidly-evolving field. Learn more and register now!
AAHPM Weighs in on Proposed Hospice Regulations
The Academy’s Public Policy Committee, Quality Committee and Hospice Medical Director Council leaders guided development of AAHPM’s comments to CMS on the annual proposed rule that would update hospice payment rates and the wage index for FY 2019 as well as modify the hospice quality reporting program. Read the letter.
Registration Now Open for Ascend Leadership Training
Ascend is an interactive 2-day course designed for hospice and palliative care professionals to learn and grow as a leader, both emerging and seasoned. Small group activities will help you connect with your peers, rethink your practice, and gain tools you and your team can use. Learn more.
New Project to Develop Quality Measures for Seriously Ill
AAHPM members were invited to serve on an expert panel at the RAND Corporation to help develop Quality Measures for Community-Based Care for the Seriously Ill. Supported by funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, researchers hope to have survey measures developed and tested by the end of 2020. Read more.
Ho/Chiang Foundation Fellowship Grant Applications Open
AAHPM was recently awarded a $90,000 grant from the Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang (Ho/Chiang) Foundation to partially support an adult hospice and palliative medicine fellowship training program that offers a pediatric track preparing physicians to practice as a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) subspecialist following training
Proposed PACSSI APM to Support Palliative Care Teams
AAHPM proposed the Patient and Caregiver Support for Serious Illness (PACSSI) physician-focused alternative payment model (APM). This new model would add new payments based on patient need and disease severity that are crucial to palliative care services. Recently, the new payment model earned backing from the AMA and a key CMS panel. Read more about the payment model.
Apply to Become a Fellow of the Academy
Want to earn recognition as a Fellow of AAHPM? This honor is achieved by physicians whose professional activity is devoted to the practice of hospice and palliative medicine and are active, board certified members of the Academy. View the application and learn how you could become an FAAHPM in 2019.