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Noun. Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.
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This is a great opportunity to learn the why, what, and how of participating in the new payment models, presented by the leading organizations in the field.
PA's Can Serve as Hospice Attendings--
But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Did Not go Far Enough!
Thanks to all who helped us provide comments to CMS this September regarding their proposed rule changes that will affect PAs in a number of ways, but in particular our ability to serve as hospice attending. We are now awaiting the final rule after CMS completes its review of comments.
Thanks to our partners at AAPA and the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care, CMS heard our concerns about limits to our ability to prescribe medications to our patients on hospice.
Click Here for PAHPM’s Official Comment and Response to the Rule
Click Here to see the specific CMS text addressing the rule change and the points on which CMS is asking the public to comment.
Highlights of Comments from what PAHPM and our Partners shared with CMS:
We know a number of you also shared your own comments with CMS and encouraged others to do so--for that, a big THANK YOU!
We will continue to keep you updated and even now, are partnering with our Coalition Partners and AAPA to be prepared to bring to reality PAs following patients on to hospice and fulling caring for them and being full partners with and on hospices across this country. More will need to be done at the national and state level, and we thank you in advance for helping keep this momentum going!
PAHPM Needs your support in advancing our profession.
This survey will collect vital data for support and advocacy of educational initiatives and policy issues – such as the proposed bipartisan federal legislation in both houses of Congress. Now that Hospice legislation has passed, the need to address education and further policy to address workforce issues is more paramount. We are on our way to success!
In particular, the Public Health bill PCHETA (Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act) in which PAs are explicitly named, is supported by both Houses of Congress. In addition to contacting your Senators and Representatives, add fuel to our initiative by filling out the survey. Here is the link:
Please forward this needs-assessment survey to your peers, students, educators, and colleagues.
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