Promoting the Value of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in the Payment Policy Debate
Phillip E. Rodgers, MD FAAHPM, AAHPM Public Policy Committee co-chair and RUC Advisor
While it’s probably not what inspires your passion for practice from day to day, payment policy continues to rise on AAHPM’s advocacy agenda. The reality is that reimbursement not only signals the value of what you do, but can also help you reach more patients and families with your services.
As part of our efforts AAHPM now maintains a presence at the American Medical Association (AMA)/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), the body that recommends values for new or revised current procedural terminology (CPT) codes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As the Academy’s representative to the RUC Advisory Committee, I have been able to help CMS understand what it takes to deliver high-quality care for patients with serious illness and their families. I also continue to be impressed with the number of our colleagues in other specialty societies who not only appreciate the work of hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) professionals but also share our priorities for payment reform to reflect the significant value of the care we provide.