AAPM&R Connection: February 8, 2012

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February 8, 2012

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Important Coding Changes in EMGs and NCS

New coding changes to EMGs and NCS performed on the same day were made effective by CMS starting January 1, 2012. Read the story on page 13 of the December/January issue of The Physiatrist to learn about the new codes that are being used and that you should be aware of for appropriate billing and reimbursement purposes.

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Nominate Member Council Leaders by February 29

Nominating is important. You can help your Academy discover the next leaders of the Medical Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Medicine, and Pain Medicine/Neuromuscular Medicine Member Councils. AAPM&R is currently seeking nominations for several positions within each of these Councils.

Nominating is easy: See below for the nomination ballots. All nomination ballots must be completed and submitted by February 29 and are only accepted electronically. If you nominate a colleague, then that person is also strongly encouraged to submit a self-nomination ballot to confirm interest.

If you need help deciding who would be effective in leadership positions, view a PDF of position descriptions. You may also wish to read the FAQs About AAPM&R Member Council Leadership Nomination Process.

If you have leadership skills/experience, or if you know a colleague who does, it's easy to tell your Academy. Elections by acclamation for open positions will be held at the Council Business meeting during the 2012 Annual Assembly in Atlanta, GA. Nominate yourself and/or your colleagues today! Questions? E-mail info@aapmr.org or call (847) 737-6000.

Medical Rehabilitation Council
Click here to complete a self-nomination ballot.
Click here to complete a colleague nomination ballot.

Musculoskeletal Medicine Council
Click here to complete a self-nomination ballot.
Click here to complete a colleague nomination ballot.

Pain/Neuromuscular Medicine Council
Click here to complete a self-nomination ballot.
Click here to complete a colleague nomination ballot.

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Register NOW for the Next FREE Academy Pain Webinar

Don’t miss out! Find out what the experts are saying about pain management by attending the next live webinar. Over 100 physicians attended the last discussion, Intra-discal Interventions.

Urine Tox Screens
Steven P. Stanos, DO (moderator), and
Michael J. Brennan, MD (expert)
February 22 at 7 p.m. (CT)

Click here to register for this eJournal Club.

The Pain eJournal Club allows clinicians to listen in on live, 30-minute webinars for FREE featuring well-known experts in the field of pain management who will be reviewing and discussing published articles or guidelines in this area and their relevance to clinical behavior.

Please note that CME credit is not available for attending the live webinar. Visit the Pain Education site on acadeME® for more information.

AAPM&R thanks Purdue Pharma for providing funding for the Pain eJournal Club and the "How Do I Do It" Pain Pearls.

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Have You Sent in Your Nominations?

The deadline for nominations for future Academy leaders is fast approaching. Click here to fill out a short ballot to tell us who you'd like to see in an elected Academy leadership role.

Nominations are due February 29, 2012, at Noon (CT).

Attention Academy Members!

It’s time to renew your 2012 dues. Click here to access your member profile and renew today.

Congrats to Our
iPad® Winner!

Academy member Dr. Anna Lasak was randomly drawn to win the iPad® giveaway for 2012 dues renewal! Congratulations.

Annual Assembly 2011

Get on Board

The 2012 AAPM&R Annual Assembly will be held November 15–18, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the AAPM&R Web site for more details. Registration opens in March.

Enroll in Free Member Councils

Join an AAPM&R Member Council—it’s free with your Academy membership. Click here to enroll in one or more of the following:

• Central Nervous System Rehabilitation

• Musculoskeletal Medicine

• Medical Rehabilitation

• Pain Medicine/
Neuromuscular Medicine

• Pediatric Rehabilitation/ Developmental Disabilities

Use Academy Tools to Prepare for Sports Medicine Subspecialty Exam

The American Board of PM&R is administering the Sports Medicine Subspecialty Exam in July 2012. Planning to sit for the exam? Your Academy offers the following resources to help you prepare.

Online SAE-P

The Sports Medicine Self-Assessment Examination for Practitioners (SAE-P) will help you identify knowledge gaps to prepare you for the Sports Medicine Subspecialty Exam. The SAE-P is interactive, including 100+ sample questions and answers with remediation. Complete the SAE-P to earn 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and to help meet the Part II Self Assessment requirement of ABPMR Maintenance of Certification.® The corresponding study tool for this SAE-P is the Self-study materials described below.

Self-study materials

Based on the four-day 2008 Sports Medicine Board Examination Review Course, these learning materials include a 400+ page course handout book and a DVD-ROM featuring handouts, slides, and 22+ hours of audio of lectures—all specifically designed to help you prepare for the Sports Medicine Subspecialty Exam. CME credit is not available for this self study. Access sports study materials on acadeME® today.

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Call for NCMRR Advisory Board Nominees

The National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) is accepting letters of recommendation for advisory board members to serve on the 18-member NCMRR Advisory Board. Candidates are needed to fill the researcher/scientific/academic slots and the consumer slots. Please include the individual’s name, professional degrees and affiliations, and a brief statement regarding why they would be an appropriate candidate (e.g., domain of interest and good consensus skills) in your letter. The Advisory Board meets twice per year, in May and December, for a day and a half at each meeting. Those individuals who hold current federal government appointments will not be considered. No formal deadline was provided but please submit as soon as possible.

Interested physiatrists should submit a letter of recommendation to Michael Weinrich, MD, the NCMRR Director at weinricm@mail.nih.gov at your earliest opportunity. Please inform the Academy if you plan to submit a nominee.

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Plenary Sessions Available Online for Members Only

Did you miss the 2011 Annual Assembly or want to view some of the sessions again? Several sessions are now available on online, free for members! Click here to view them. Please note that member login is required to view this exclusive content.

View these sessions online today:

  • Presidential Address and Plenary Session: Unsung Heroes: Our Patients and Physiatry in the Media. Keynote Speaker: Michael F. Lupinacci, MD, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly and Retired Army Captain Luis Montalván
  • The Science of Sport Concussion: Translating Data Collection into Concussion Prevention and Improved Management. Keynote Speaker: Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC
  • Forty-Third Walter J. Zeiter Lecture and Awards Ceremony. Keynote Speaker: Gerard E. Francisco, MD

More sessions will be added soon, such as content from the concussion symposium, so be sure to keep visiting the site.

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Around the Web

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

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