Phil Peterson, Md, Appointed To Aahpm Committee Chair

BLUEFIELD, Va. – Phil Peterson, medical director of the Compassus program serving the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area and a family practice physician at Bluefield Family Medicine, has been appointed chair of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) State Health Policy Working Group.

AAHPM is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, nurses, and other healthcare providers. The State Health Policy Working Group examines state healthcare policy and supports AAHPM members as they advocate on behalf of patients and the field at the state level.

As a committee member, Peterson will act as the subject matter expert for the states of Virginia and West Virginia.  As chair, his duties will include nationally tracking state-level legislative and regulatory issues with the potential to impact hospice and palliative care, developing strategies to enhance the organization’s ability to monitor state policy developments, and sharing information and resources for state-level advocacy.

“I am honored and excited to chair the AAHPM State Health Policy Working Group,” said Peterson. “I am inspired by the organization’s education and advocacy efforts, and look forward to having a hand in improving care of patients with serious illness through the advancement of hospice and palliative medicine.”

Peterson will attend the American Medical Association’s 2016 State Legislative Strategy Conference in Tucson, Arizona on behalf of AAHPM from January 7-9, 2016.

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For information about Compassus programs in West Virginia, please call Stori Pugh, Executive Director, at (304) 431-2000.