American Board of Hospic and Palliative Medicine, USA

The field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has come along way and so has the Academy. Read about the history of AAHPM, from today since its inception!

The Academy of Hospice Physicians is born, with 250 founding members.

Becomes a founding member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, now known as the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care. With membership now approaching 1,400 and interest in the specialty growing, the Academy changes its name to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Secures a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates. Affiliates with its first journal, the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Publishes the Medical Director Model, a go-to reference for physicians working in hospice settings.

In an effort to help seriously ill patients and their families better understand hospice and palliative care, AAHPM creates

Becomes one of the first medical societies to become active on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to generate awareness, support knowledge, and add value to new audiences.

Elects to participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service, joining 34 other specialties.

A new Communities Model launches, allowing members the opportunity to network and learn from their peers.

Creates scholarships to physicians who practice in developing countries the opportunity to network with other hospice and palliative medicine clinicians at the Annual Assembly.

Partnering with ReachMD, a medical news and information network, AAHPM hosts Perspectives in Palliative Medicine.

Sponsors its first annual Capitol Hill Days, a “fly-in” to Washington DC, that allows members to connect one-on-one with federal policymakers and promote the interests of hospice and palliative care patients and providers.

Publishes the AAHPM Physician Compensation and Benefits Survey Report, based on a survey of nearly 800 HPM physicians.

AAHPM’s You’re Sick. It’s Serious YouTube video becomes part of a campaign to improve public awareness, attitudes and understanding of hospice and palliative medicine.

Receives grants from the Hearst Foundations’ Aging Initiative and Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation to partially support fellowship training programs in hospice and palliative medicine.


To increase awareness among healthcare professionals, AAHPM sponsors Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBriefs, which quickly grows to 7,800 subscribers in its first year.

The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board is established with seed money from AAHPM.

The AAHPM-crafted Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bill aimed at expanding opportunities for interdisciplinary education and training in palliative care, is introduced in Congress.

AAHPM leaders join representatives from external organizations at a Workforce Summit to identify critical workforce challenges and explore future scenarios for the field.

Launches the Shaping the Future campaign to raise $1.5 million for initiatives designed to bridge the imminent workforce gap, educate the specialists and generalists, and increase our reach with policymakers and the public.

Assists in preparing messaging and actively promoting The Joint Commission’s campaign, Speak Up: What You Need to Know About Your Serious Illness and Palliative Care.

As the grandfathering period closes, nearly 6,500 physicians are now certified in hospice and palliative medicine, far surpassing the initial goal of a few thousand.

Creates a committee focused on diversion and inclusion initiatives and develops its first welcoming environment statement.

Partnering with George Washington University’s Workforce Sudy Center, AAHPM collects post graduate job data and is conducting trend analyses across settings.

Working with other specialty societies, AAHPM helps secure the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ adoption of CPT codes for advance care planning.

The first mobile app was introduced at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care in Phoenix, which saw more than 3,400 attendees – the largest conference to date.

AAHPM received two grants: $200,000 from AARP to develop and test new pain treatment and other outcome measures in a seriously ill population as part of the NQF’s Measure Incubator project (in collaboration with AMGA and others); and $487,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to explore the feasibility for integrating existing registries or creating a new one to advance the quality of care for patients with serious illness (with partner organizations, CAPC, NPCRC, GPCQA and PCQN).

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