Dr. Peter Hollmann ’76 MD ’79, Chief Medical Officer of Brown Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, was recently elected President of the American Geriatrics Society.
The American Geriatrics Society is a “national, not-for-profit society of geriatric health professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of older adults,” according to their site Web.
As chairman, Hollmann will sit on the committees and work on special projects. He will chair all company meetings and help AGS achieve its goals of quality, people-centered care.
AGS Presidents are elected to the AGS Board of Directors by the members of the organization. They serve a one-year term, followed by another year as chairman of the board, according to Lauren Kopchik, senior member communications coordinator at AGS. His term as AGS President will last until May 2022.
As president, Hollmann will work on long-term goals such as advancing the science of geriatric care and helping support all healthcare workers. In the short term, he’s working with AGS members to improve the Medicare payment system.
“We are working to make sure the Medicare payment system really recognizes and pays for geriatric care correctly, and provides good access.” Hollmann said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also sparked new initiatives from the AGS.
“When the pandemic hit everyone had to convert to telemedicine and didn’t know how to get paid for it,” Hollmann said. In response, Hollman and one of his colleagues developed a “cheat sheet” for healthcare workers to implement telemedicine to avoid confusion over payments. The AGS also advocated that audio-only telehealth appointments – mainly used by geriatric patients – be covered by Medicare.
Despite his success in the field, Hollmann did not initially intend to become a leader in geriatrics. After completing an internal medicine residency in Brown’s medical program, he was asked to join the University’s first Geriatric Research Fellowship. He began working with the American Medical Association on coding and billing processes, an area of expertise he would later translate to AGS.
Hollmann began his career at AGS as a representative of a panel that developed terminology for medical procedures. He then assisted the AGS with coding and payment policy and founded the AGS Practice Management Advisory Group.
The coding, which led him to AGS, “was a weird thing, and it wasn’t what I planned to do,” he said. “It just happened. And it worked really well.”
Dr Richard Besdine, director of the division of geriatrics and palliative medicine and professor of medicine, policy and practice of health services, worked with Hollmann for more than 30 years in the department of medicine of the university.
“He was invaluable to the American Geriatrics Society as a member who knew something about health care funding and had expertise in the Medicare program.” said Besdine.
For Hollmann, the appointment was an honor as AGS, in his mind, embodies collaboration and empathy.
“In geriatrics, we are strong supporters of the teams. We know we can’t function taking care of the elderly with multiple problems unless we have a team of people, ”he said. “And that’s also how we operate as an organization. “
“Hollmann has been a valuable resource for geriatricians across the country”, said Besdine. “And is a tireless advocate for improving the quality of care for all. “