Archive for January, 2015

Philly in February? You bet!

Will you be attending the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly next month? Are you wondering what there is to do in Philadelphia? Lucky for you even in February there is no shortage of great food or things to do!

Philadelphia is set apart from other cities by the variety of things to see and do around the Convention Center! Historic, family–oriented or recreational – Philadelphia has something for everyone! Covering fine arts, history, science and culture, the city often hosts unique visiting exhibits that can be found at some of the most popular attractions in the region. Discover all you need to know about Philadelphia’s Arts & Attractions and create your own list of must–sees for your visit!

The New York Times recently released a list of 52 Places to Go in 2015. Philadelphia was ranked number 3! According to the NYT Philadelphia has become a hive of outdoor urban activity.

After a long day of captivating sessions why not treat yourself to one of the many great restaurants the city has to offer? Recommendations from members include:
Cuba Libre, Zahav, Vernick, Little Fish, Nomad Pizza, Vedge, MeltKraft, Starr Restaurants including: Jones, Buddakhan, The Continental, and El Vez. Garces Restaurants including: Garces Trading Company, Amada, and Village Whiskey. Amis, Little Nona’s, Pennsylvania 6, and Barbuzzo. Capogiro Gelato was named the best place to eat ice cream in the country by National Geographic. Parc, Sbraga, Alla Spina, Fette Sau, Tallulah’s Garden, Mercato, and Stateside. Walk over to the Reading Terminal Market for lunch. There are local food vendors, Amish crafts and candy. Visit the Italian market. Craving a cheesesteak? Looking for a knock out burger? Check out other restaurants in Market East.

Where to get a drink:
Tria
Franklin Mortgage
Hop Sing Laundromat
Stratus Lounge

Great attractions:
Attend the Philadelphia 76ers basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Friday, February 27th. Use promo code AAHPM to get discounted tickets.
Liberty Bell & Independence National Historical Park and Independence Hall
Constitution Center
Betsy Ross House
US Mint
Barnes Museum
Rodin Museum
National Museum of American Jewish History
Institute of Contemporary Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art, home to the famous stairs from Rocky. Check out these other places for Rocky fans.
Eastern State Penitentiary tour.
Walk or bike along Schuylkill River trail in Fairmount Park or hike on the Wissahickon trail.
View the top free attractions in the city and a listing of additional museums and attractions.

Family activities:
North Bowl (great for adults and kids)
Smith Playground
Please Touch Museum
The Franklin Institute
Philadelphia Zoo
Adventure Aquarium which is just across the river in Camden.
Looking for more kid friendly activities? Check out the top ten family friendly activities.

Still can’t decide? Check out the official visitor and travel site VisitPhilly.com for more ideas!

Applying and Preparing for Hospice Medical Director Certification through HMDCB

HMDCB is currently accepting applications to become Hospice Medical Director Certified™ (HMDC™) in 2015. HMDCB’s certification exam is for hospice physicians seeking to demonstrate an essential skill set that comprises the administrative, regulatory, legal, and clinical skill necessary in hospice medicine. Early applications are due February 9, 2015 and late applications will be accepted until March 9, 2015 with an assessed $250 late fee. Apply early and save!

So you’re thinking about taking the exam, but are not sure how to prepare. AAHPM provides a number of products to help with your exam preparation.

  • HMD Prep – great for self-assessment or HMDC exam preparation, this 75-item multiple-choice practice test assesses your knowledge in hospice practice. Content is based on the HMDC exam blueprint.
  • Hospice Medical Director Manual – this book defines best practices; offers tools and sample documents; and provides answers about physician roles in hospice, employment in or contracting with a hospice and the medical director’s responsibilities on the hospice team and within the organization.
  • Recordings of the 2013 HMD Conference – these recordings are great practice resources that highlight the clinical, administrative, and regulatory aspects of your work; they include audio and synchronized PowerPoint content and separate audio files.

Visit HMDCB.org for information regarding the examination or browse the AAHPM store to order your preparatory materials!

Highlights of the January Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal:

EMPOWER: An Intervention to Address Barriers to Pain Management in Hospice
John G. Cagle, Sheryl Zimmerman, Lauren W. Cohen, Laura S. Porter, Laura C. Hanson, and David Reed

Feasibility of Using Algorithm-Based Clinical Decision Support for Symptom Assessment and Management in Lung Cancer
Mary E. Cooley, Traci M. Blonquist, Paul J. Catalano, David F. Lobach, Barbara Halpenny, Ruth McCorkle, Ellis B. Johns, Ilana M. Braun, Michael S. Rabin, Fatma Zohra Mataoui, Kathleen Finn, Donna L. Berry, and Janet L. Abrahm

Patterns of Community-Based Opioid Prescriptions in People Dying of Cancer
Bruno Gagnon, Susan Scott, Lyne Nadeau, and Peter G. Lawlor

To access the articles, you must subscribe to JPSM or be a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). For further information on the Academy, call 847.375.4712 or visit aahpm.org.

Submitted by: David J. Casarett, MD, MA, Senior Associate Editor, JPSM