There is only one month left to apply for a scholarship to attend the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).
Will you be joining 400 of your hospice colleagues August 29-31 at the AAHPM Hospice Medical Director Conference in Indianapolis? Several local Academy members have offered their picks for the best restaurants, greatest attractions and fun neighborhoods in the Indianapolis area. For more suggestions check out VisitIndy.com and follow @VisitIndy on Twitter. Feel free and add your favorites in the comments section.
Applications are now open for scholarships to support physicians from developing countries to attend the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).
Welcome to the first new Education SIG Resource Email of the year. This email provides further information on “PalliTalk” which you heard about in an email on this listserve last week.
In the proposed rule released in May, CMS clarified that it will enforce that ill-defined diagnoses, such as debility and failure to thrive, are not acceptable as principal diagnoses for hospice patients. Strategies for determining coverage and certification of these frail individuals will be discussed. The importance of using secondary diagnosis, and related versus unrelated charges will be discussed in addition to the differences between ICD-9 and the Medicare Claims Manual. These changes impact hospice strategies for successful certification of appropriate hospice patients.
Recently, I attended the 25th Anniversary meeting of the AAHPM, the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. This was a first rate, extremely well organized, cutting-edge convention of thousands of doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, administrators, leaders and researchers, who devote their lives to quality chronic and end-of-life care. They discussed the latest research, health policy, presented new ideas and networked around this vital area of medical care. I attended a very cool New Orleans style mock funeral, 6-piece brass band and all. However, as one of the few oncologists present, I can say that as a group the AAHPM crew are highly critical of my specialty and I must conclude it is our fault.