History of AAHPM
The field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has come along way and so has the Academy. Read about the history of AAHPM, from today since its inception!
Present - 2010's
Membership reached an all-time high of 5,219 members in the first quarter of 2018 and dues for medical students and residents were waived (effective January 2019).
AAHPM was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations to support a scholarship program for AHAPM physician members to participate in leadership development activities and additional funding form the YC Ho/Helena and Michael Chiang foundation to support a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program with a pediatric track.
AAHPM is working on a new project, Advancing Legal and Medical Collaboration in Advance Care Planning, (with the American Bar Association and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy) on how to mitigate the gap that exists between legal professionals and the clinical team to best honor patients’ goals of care and wishes.
Despite a Nor’easter storm that shut down Boston the day before the Annual Assembly, more than 3,000 people attended the meeting for education, connection, reflection and fun, while 400 people attended the Pedi-Innovate Course and Intensive Board Review Course in August to learn about the latest advances and innovations in caring for children with serious illness and their families and preparing for the HPM certification examination.
AAHPM endorsed the National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition.
The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management’s impact factor increased to 3.249, an impressive 12% climb from last year, moving its ranking to 67/197 in clinical neurology, 29/154 medicine, general and internal, and 18/94 in healthcare sciences and services.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) and attention now turns to the Senate, where the bill (S. 693) currently has 31 bipartisan cosponsors.
The first mobile app was introduced at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care in Phoenix, which saw more than 3,400 attendees - the largest conference to date.
AAHPM received two grants: $200,000 from AARP to develop and test new pain treatment and other outcome measures in a seriously ill population as part of the NQF's Measure Incubator project (in collaboration with AMGA and others); and $487,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to explore the feasibility for integrating existing registries or creating a new one to advance the quality of care for patients with serious illness (with partner organizations, CAPC, NPCRC, GPCQA and PCQN).
The 5th edition of the popular UNIPAC series was revised, updated, and launched with a new name, Essential Practices in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
The Journal of Pain & Symptom Management's impact factor reach an all-time high of 2.905 and is now ranked 75/194 titles in clinical neurology, 21/90 in healthcare sciences and services and 29/154 in medicine, general and internal.
AAHPM launched Mentor Match on the AAHPM Connect platform, giving members the opportunity to become a mentor or mentee and matched based on personal and professional backgrounds.
AAHPM proposed an alternative payment model for palliative care entitled Patient and Caregiver Support for Serious Illness.
Websites aahpm.org and PalliativeDoctors.org were named "one of the best palliative care blogs (websites) of 2017" by Healthline for providing users with up-to-date education and inspiring personal stories.
This year marked a major milestone for the AAHPM as it reached 5,000 members.
Shattering industry benchmarks, the AAHPM communities tallied more than 2,000 discussions within the first 12 months of AAHPM Connect launch.
AAHPM published a joint guidance statement with the American Society of Clinical Oncology defining aspects of routine cancer care that should be incorporated in oncologists' practices.
A first-ever Congressional hearing was held for the Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), legislation developed by AAHPM.
By facilitating the HPM Match, the Academy has encouraged 114 programs to post 289 positions, which has helped increase the number of physicians certified in hospice and palliative medicine to increase the 6,952.
Two new councils were formed: one for Academic Palliative Medicine and one for Hospice Medical Directors - providing new pathways for participation in AAHPM.
Creates a committee focused on diversion and inclusion initiatives and develops its first welcoming environment statement.
Partnering with George Washington University's Workforce Sudy Center, AAHPM collects post graduate job data and is conducting trend analyses across settings.
Working with other specialty societies, AAHPM helps secure the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' adoption of CPT codes for advance care planning.
Launches AAHPM Connect to help members connect with fellow members in more than 30 communities and special interest groups.
Receives grant funding from the Gentiva Foundation, bringing the total to $2 million in funding for fellowship grants.
94% of fellowship programs agree to participate in the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Match, with AAHPM serving as the National Resident Matching Program sponsor.
Acquires the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, its official journal.
As a member of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, AAHPM releases a list of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, AAHPM launches a list of the top visionaries in hospice and palliative medicine and membership reaches an all-time high of nearly 5,000.
Partners with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association on Measuring What Matters, a consensus project aimed at identifying a recommended portfolio of cross-cutting performance measures for all hospice and palliative care programs.
Collaborates with the American Academy of Pediatrics to support the completion of Competencies for the Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Subspecialist.
In partnership with the American Association for Physician Leadership, AAHPM develops a comprehensive leadership training program, AAHPM Leadership Forum.
To increase awareness among healthcare professionals, AAHPM sponsors Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBriefs, which quickly grows to 7,800 subscribers in its first year.
The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board is established with seed money from AAHPM.
The AAHPM-crafted Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bill aimed at expanding opportunities for interdisciplinary education and training in palliative care, is introduced in Congress.
AAHPM leaders join representatives from external organizations at a Workforce Summit to identify critical workforce challenges and explore future scenarios for the field.
Launches the Shaping the Future campaign to raise $1.5 million for initiatives designed to bridge the imminent workforce gap, educate the specialists and generalists, and increase our reach with policymakers and the public.
Assists in preparing messaging and actively promoting The Joint Commission's campaign, Speak Up: What You Need to Know About Your Serious Illness and Palliative Care.
As the grandfathering period closes, nearly 6,500 physicians are now certified in hospice and palliative medicine, far surpassing the initial goal of a few thousand.
Publishes the AAHPM Physician Compensation and Benefits Survey Report, based on a survey of nearly 800 HPM physicians.
AAHPM's You're Sick. It's Serious YouTube video becomes part of a campaign to improve public awareness, attitudes and understanding of hospice and palliative medicine.
Receives grants from the Hearst Foundations' Aging Initiative and Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation to partially support fellowship training programs in hospice and palliative medicine.
Launches an enhanced online Job Mart with connections to the National Healthcare Career Network, linking to other healthcare associations and professional organization job sites.
In an effort to help seriously ill patients and their families better understand hospice and palliative care, AAHPM creates PalliativeDoctors.org.
Becomes one of the first medical societies to become active on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to generate awareness, support knowledge, and add value to new audiences.
Elects to participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service, joining 34 other specialties.
A new Communities Model launches, allowing members the opportunity to network and learn from their peers.
Creates scholarships to physicians who practice in developing countries the opportunity to network with other hospice and palliative medicine clinicians at the Annual Assembly.
Partnering with ReachMD, a medical news and information network, AAHPM hosts Perspectives in Palliative Medicine.
Sponsors its first annual Capitol Hill Days, a "fly-in" to Washington DC, that allows members to connect one-on-one with federal policymakers and promote the interests of hospice and palliative care patients and providers.
Ventures into e-learning with the release of HPM PASS and HPM FAST, online tests designed to assess knowledge of the field and PC-FACS, an electronic “journal watch” that summarizes key articles from more than 100 medical and scientific journals ranks as a top member benefit.
Academy membership nearly triples to 3,600 members, and AAHPM affiliates with the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, an established, well-respected journal that publishes peer-reviewed research focusing on pain management and palliative care.
Working closely with the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, helps achieve recognition for the subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine.
Partners with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association to sponsor a joint Annual Assembly, bringing together physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, chaplains and others on the hospice and palliative care team.
Receives a $1.2 million grant from the Open Society Institute's Project on Death in America. The monies are used to expand the Academy's infrastructure.
Becomes a founding member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, now known as the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care.
With membership now approaching 1,400 and interest in the specialty growing, the Academy changes its name to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Secures a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates.
Affiliates with its first journal, the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Publishes the Medical Director Model, a go-to reference for physicians working in hospice settings.
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Achieves continuing medical education provider status from the American Council on Continuing Medical Education.
Begins to publish books, including the first Primer of Palliative Care and the UNIPAC series, the core curriculum of hospice and palliative care.
The American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is incorporated and begins to offer certification of physicians.
Publishes Hospice Update newsletter and develops educational programs.
The Academy of Hospice Physicians is born, with 250 founding members.