AAPM&R Connection: August 24, 2011

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Osteoporosis Practice Improvement Project Now Available

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Visit acadeME® today to access the new Osteoporosis Practice Improvement Project (PIP).

Your Academy has created several interactive, self-guided activities on a variety of clinical topics to help you meet the requirements for Part IV of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) set forth by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Completion of an AAPM&R PIP not only fulfills the Part IV requirement of ABPMR MOC, but also allows physicians to earn up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

The newest PIP focused on osteoporosis allows you to assess your knowledge and current implementation of evidence-based treatment practices in your practice through a systematic chart review, leading to identifying areas for improvement, selecting corresponding performance measures to track your improvement, implementing an improvement plan, and then reevaluating your practice to see if you have met your goals.

Your Academy offers additional PIPs on the topics of stroke rehabilitation, low back pain, and DVT. Click here to access all available PIPs today.

Learn more about MOC.

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Court of Appeals Strikes Down Individual Mandate in Health Reform Law

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Atlanta, GA, recently released a 2–1 decision in the State of Florida, et. al. vs. the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, et. al. The court said the controversial individual mandate provision in the Patient, Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was unconstitutional. The individual mandate requires that nearly all Americans maintain health care insurance or pay an income-based fine for lacking coverage.

Not long ago, the 6th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, OH, ruled the individual mandate was constitutional, and a decision is pending in the 4th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. The inconsistent rulings to date raise the likelihood that the US Supreme Court will hear the case. AAPM&R staff are monitoring developments around the individual mandate, which has been one of the most contentious issues in the health reform law and could affect your patients in the future.

Read the court decision. (PDF Download)

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Annual Assembly Preliminary Program Mailed With Journal

Details about the AAPM&R 2011 Annual Assembly are available in the Preliminary Program, mailed to all members in June and packaged with the July issue of PM&R. If you didn’t get your program or want Assembly details, visit the Annual Assembly section of the AAPM&R Web site. Here are some quick links:

This year’s Assembly is November 17–20 in Orlando, FL. AAPM&R members save 25% or more on Annual Assembly registration. Remember to register by September 16 to save an additional $100. The quickest way to register (and save your spot in ticketed workshops) is to register online. Click here to learn more and register online today.

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Annual Assembly 2011

Book Your Annual Assembly Hotel Room

All AAPM&R 2011 Annual Assembly events and hotel rooms are housed under one roof: the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center. The combined space offers a four-diamond hotel, award-wining restaurants, recreation facilities, access to Celebration Golf, complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World theme parks, and more. The cutoff date for the discounted hotel rooms is October 14, 2011; discounted rooms are subject to room and rate availability. Click here to learn more about the hotel and reserve your room today.


Want Resident News?

Read the latest news for and from PM&R residents in the PM&R Resident newsletter. The current issue includes articles about resident involvement in medical student interest groups, stretching for injury prevention, career planning resources, and more.


Watch Dr. Sandel’s Interviews With Your Colleagues

AAPM&R Past President M. Elizabeth Sandel, MD, shared interviews and findings from her PM&R oral history project (Playback/PM&R: Our Voices, Our Vision) during the AAPM&R 2010 Annual Assembly. The video is available on acadeME.® Share it with your patients, referring physicians, family, and friends to help them understand the value of PM&R.


Industry Survey Coming to Your Inbox

Funding from industry significantly reduces fees associated with Academy educational products and services and also helps the Academy fund important policy, legislative, and awareness activities for PM&R. Specifically, members of the Industry Relations Council (IRC) are instrumental and stand apart as key Academy supporters.

As a way to thank IRC members for their investments in the specialty, the Corporate Relations Committee will be circulating a survey to Academy members on their behalf. This survey, which includes questions from our IRC members, will help industry understand your needs, wants, and preferences in various clinical areas.

The Corporate Relations Committee, chaired by Kathy Bell, MD, requests your participation and less than 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey. This is your opportunity to give direct input to industry and also to say thanks to industry for offsetting expenses throughout the year.

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Use this section to find links to news and resources relevant to physiatrists, found on the Web.

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