Chad D. Kollas, MD FACP FCLM FAAHPM
In June, I had the opportunity to reflect on the role of organized medicine in shaping and responding to changes in today’s healthcare landscape. Representing AAHPM at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, I engaged with my counterparts at other specialty and state medical societies as we considered the impact of issues like new payment models, the transition to ICD-10, and graduate medical education funding on our members and the future of medicine. The House also considered new policies designed to promote public health and guide the AMA’s advocacy strategies. It is important that AAHPM is at the table for these debates, as we bring the unique considerations of our specialty and represent the voice of patients and families facing serious illness.
Above right: AAHPM’s delegate Dr. Chad D. Kollas, chair of the Pain and Palliative Medicine Section Council, offers testimony during policy debate at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
This year, AAHPM Past President Ron J. Crossno, MD FAAFP FAAHPM, rejoined the Academy’s delegation to again serve as alternate delegate (see "A Renewed Perspctive" below). Another key member of AAHPM’s team is Kyle P. Edmonds, MD, who represents the Academy in the AMA’s Young Physicians Section (YPS). Dr. Edmonds has been active at the national level in the AMA for 10 years, serving in multiple leadership capacities across the medical student, resident and fellow, and young physician sections. He presently sits on the YPS Innovation Committee, which is looking at innovative practice models and entrepreneurship opportunities in medicine. Dr. Edmonds was one of nearly 100 young physicians representing multiple states and specialties that met in advance of the June annual meeting to consider all business before the House of Delegates. As a result of AAHPM’s presence in the YPS, the section actively spoke in favor of reimbursement for advance care planning and offered support for coverage of comprehensive, interdisciplinary chronic pain management.