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We are excited to attend the #AAHPM Annually Assembly in Orlando Florida this week. Please join along with our CEO, Nandip Kothari, as he shares the highlights of the gathering.

#AAHPM Day 3 Highlights


Today, I met a pedigreed superstar. Susie Que, a five-year-old spaniel, is a certified tracker and Alzheimer’s service dog. She’s also the recipient of the American Kennel Club’s certificate of excellence for service dogs. Not only did I get a hug, but I also got a kiss from one of the prettiest girls at the show.

What a way to end the week!


#AAHPM Day 2 Highlights


The exhibit halls were packed this morning. It’s no wonder. The sounds of a drumline echoed through the entire hotel. I loved it! The sounds reminded me of a high school marching band.


Lucky for me, Michelle Mikus, PharmD knew a lot of about deprescribing (read her article). She was on a panel at AAHPM, where its a hot topic of conversation. Michelle gave me this simple example to understand the concept. A patient is admitted to hospice with an expected lifespan of 1 week. Taking Lipitor no longer makes sense. As obvious as that sounds, take away a medication (deprescribing) is a touchy subject for patients who have been on a drug for years (or decades).

A short quote from Michelle’s prescient article:

From a hospice pharmacy perspective, end of life care is really all about comfort and the palliation of symptoms. That shift in priority often comes with a de-escalation of medication, a practice called “deprescribing.”

“EOL DOULA” – a new term I learned today from a new friend—Dianne Gray. There is an international movement to help families through the last days of life. If you haven’t heard of “end of life” doulas, check out INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association) or read one of Dianne’s books.

The best part of AAPM is the people you meet. Alexander Peralta, MD stopped by the booth. Besides being one of the early entrepreneurs of Hospice care, having worked Josephina B Magno when the concept of Hospice care was developing, it turned out that Dr. Peralta opened the IPU at Faith Presbyterian in Dallas, a hospice that just started using SMARTMD. It’s a small world!

BTW, if you’re not familiar with who Josephina B. Magno was, watch this short award ceremony from 2018.


#AAHPM Day 1 Highlights


Bumper crowds on opening night make their way to the Delta Care Rx booth.


I learned about a new concept from my friend Ativan Angie (introduced to me by “Methadone Mary”): Deprescribing.

Here is a scholarly article on the topic posted on US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28119312

It discusses deprescribing and specifically STOPPFrail (“Screening Tool of Older Persons Prescriptions in Frail adults with limited life expectancy”).

I’ll have more to say about this topic tomorrow.

I ran into a young high school student (yes, high school) named Laura Reilly while getting lost walking into the venue. Laura is part of a team studying the use of social media in hospice and palliative care. The research team was invited to share their work alongside others including AAHPM Fellowship Grant awardees, scholar e-posters, and Cambia Health Foundation Sojourn Scholars.

The upshot of our conversation? Hospice and Palliative care organizations too often post adverts and fundraisers on social media. Instead, they should be posting educational content if they want to serve their communities. Here’s a quick snap of her poster presentation.

I ran into an old friend and SMARTMD champion—Dr Janet Bull. As the past president of AAHPM, she was in attendance to pass the baton to the new leadership. It’s hard to believe we’ve been working with Janet since 2008! The day could not have ended on a higher note.