Archive for May, 2012

Common UNIPAC Questions Answered

This is the last of three posts by UNIPAC series editor Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM, in which he discusses the new UNIPAC series, including the amplifire™ online confidence-based learning modules, and addresses commonly asked questions.

1. I am mainly interested in coding for hospice services, is this covered?

a. While many hospice regulations are covered, the new AAHPM Hospice Medical Director Manual is the most comprehensive resource for this material.

2. Will the 4th Edition of the UNIPAC Series help me pass the Board Exam in October?

a. While AAHPM has no inside information about the content of the ABIM sponsored exam, we used the published list of topics covered on the exam to inform the development of this edition.

b. The ABIM exam is based on the best practices and current literature in our field, which is what we surveyed and referenced extensively.

c. One of the best ways to study for any exam is to focus on those areas in which your knowledge is weakest. The accompanying amplifire confidence-based learning modules will help you identify and focus on these areas.

Porter Storey MD FACP FAAHPM
Executive VP, AAHPM
Colorado Permanente Medical Group
Boulder, CO

UNIPAC 4th edition available for purchase.

More UNIPAC Questions Answered

This is the second of three posts by UNIPAC series editor Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM, in which he discusses the new UNIPAC series, including the amplifire™ online confidence-based learning modules, and addresses commonly asked questions.

At the AAHPM Annual Assembly, I was asked several good questions about the new UNIPAC Series 4th edition. Perhaps this information will help inform your purchasing decisions.

  1. Is there more information in the 4th edition than the 3rd?
    a. Older, less-relevant material was replaced with new developments, and while an effort was made to keep them succinct, some books, like the Pediatric UNIPAC grew by nearly 50%.
    b. Every effort was made to include systematic reviews and consensus statements to help the reader interpret the vast amount of new material being published in our field.
  2. Has the 4th Edition really been updated? Is it evidence-based?
    a. This edition includes 2551 references and over 600 of these are from 2010-2012.
    b. You will find material from the NHPCO Facts and Figures 2011 edition and the new American College of Physicians Ethics Manual published in 2012, among many other new sources.

Porter Storey MD FACP FAAHPM
Executive VP, AAHPM
Colorado Permanente Medical Group
Boulder, CO

UNIPAC 4th edition available for purchase.

UNIPAC 4th edition Now Available

This is the first of three posts by UNIPAC series editor Porter Storey, MD FACP FAAHPM, in which he discusses the new UNIPAC series, including the amplifire™ online confidence-based learning modules, and addresses commonly asked questions.

At the AAHPM Annual Assembly, I was asked several good questions about the new UNIPAC Series 4th edition. Perhaps this information will help inform your purchasing decisions.

1. Is the 4th Edition of the UNIPAC Series really any different that the 3rd edition?

a. Every UNIPAC was carefully revised and some (like Ethics and Pain) were completely re-written. New and extensively updated topics include:

i. the controversies around opioid contracts,
ii. the latest Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives,
iii. parental requests to withhold information from dying children,
iv. comprehensive assessment of fatigue and anorexia-cachexia,
v. management of co-infection of hepatitis C & HIV,
vi. the importance of legal decisions in the Barber, Saikewics, and Bouvia cases on withdrawing tube-feedings,
vii. treatment of agitation in dementia patients,
viii. the roles of opioids, pulmonary rehabilitation, and non-invasive ventilation in the treatment of dyspnea in patients with end-stage COPD,
ix. and many others.

b. Several of the UNIPACs have new authors who are leaders in our field (e.g. Russell Portenoy) and they were all reviewed by acknowledged experts (e.g. Timothy Quill).

Porter Storey MD FACP FAAHPM
Executive VP, AAHPM
Colorado Permanente Medical Group
Boulder, CO

UNIPAC 4th edition now available for purchase.