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AAHPM Summer Quarterly 2012 : Page 11

SUMMER 2012 11 collaborative initiative designed to improve the safe and efficient prescription of pain medications, including long-acting opioids. Their focus is on increasing knowledge of treatment options, improving counseling skills and prescriber accountability, and addressing US Food and Drug Administration Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strat-egies (REMS) for primary care providers, pain medicine specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other members of the healthcare team. The Academy has been an advocate for addressing both acute and chronic pain, individualized needs of the patient, and special vulnerable populations while balanc-ing the increased concerns for addiction and diversion. specialty. Editors handpick key articles from hundreds of publications, summarize them, and provide direct links to the original sources. This twice-weekly publication is distributed to more than 6,500 subscribers. Encourage your colleagues to subscribe at Four scholarships were awarded to physicians from devel-oping countries to attend the 2012 Annual Assembly: Senbeta Abdissa, MD, Ethiopia; Frank Manase, MD MSc, Tanzania; Tonia Oneyeka, MD, Nigeria; and Mariam Velijanashvelli, MD, Georgia. The Public Policy Committee continues to track a variety of policy developments, reviewing state and federal issues on its monthly calls. Select members have worked to refine a forthcoming member survey on drug shortages. The Committee’s Emerging Payment and Delivery Models Working Group will be moving ahead with its examination of accountable care organization rules and opportunities for the field and plans to prepare a white paper on this topic. AAHPM was one of 34 Council of Medical Specialty Soci-eties (CMSS) members to sign a joint letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services commenting on a proposed rule to implement the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. CMSS supports the legislation, but signato-ries asked for the rule to be clarified to avoid unintended consequences in areas related to accredited and certified continuing medical education, including where the rule addresses direct compensation received by a physician serving as a faculty member or as speaker for a medical education program and indirect payments from a third party. AAHPM continues to be well represented in other organi-zations, including the following groups. đŏ The National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care is chaired by AAHPM President Timothy E. Quill, MD FACP FAAHPM, and supported by Executive Director/ CEO Steve Smith, MS CAE. Representatives from the coalition’s organizations have monthly conference calls and hold additional meetings as needed. đŏ AAHPM senior staff members and board leaders have been invited to participate in a variety of exploratory calls and meetings with groups that are interested in collaboration, including the ABIM Foundation, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Academy of Home Care Physicians. AAHPM is grateful for the many volunteers who continue to provide the leadership and guidance needed to direct the programs and activities of the Academy. Promote Quality of Care and Evidence-Based Practice Sydney Dy, MD, chair, Quality and Research Strategic Coordinating Committee The Quality and Research Strategic Coordinating Committee is developing a plan to chart the Academy’s quality activities over the next several years, focusing on increased collaboration and integration with AAHPM’s education activities. The Quality Task Force worked with leadership of the Heart Failure SIG to formulate a recommendation to endorse a quality measure report developed by the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) as part of the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement measure set. The ACCF and the AHA are publishing a paper explaining the develop-ment of those measures, and AAHPM was listed in the article as a supporting organization. Increase Advocacy and Awareness Steven Radwany, MD FAAHPM, chair, Advocacy and Awareness Strategic Coordinating Committee AAHPM now has more than 2,100 followers on Twitter thanks to brisk activity during the Annual Assembly, which increased nearly 300% from last year’s meeting (see related article on pp. 8-9). Facebook also continues to be a popular place for fans and followers to find news from AAHPM (photos from the 2012 Annual Assembly have recently been posted). The Academy’s three LinkedIn groups (general, hospice medical directors, and hospice and palliative medicine board preparation) also provide forums for many conversations to take place. Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief is an excellent source of news for members and others interested in the VOL. 13

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