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Membership is About Advancing the Specialty

By Being PM&R Bold. 
Your needs, your goals, and your vision for physiatry are the foundation for the Academy. In 2017, AAPM&R updated its strategic plan to align the organization with the needs of the specialty. By supporting AAPM&R through your membership and engagement, you help make the future—as defined by you—a reality. Learn more at www.aapmr.org/pmrbold

By Arming Physiatry with Data.
SQOD_RGB_FNL_No-TagIn the future of medicine, data impacts how a physician practices medicine and their compensation for services. AAPM&R wants to arm physiatrists with data, so you can tell your own story and show your value. 

We'll continue to support your need for data through a variety of new offerings, including the Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD), our debut into this area.  Launched in 2016 in collaboration with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the SQOD is a multi-specialty registry that measures the continuum of care from initial patient contact, through intervention and follow up. Plans are underway for additional registry offerings beyond spine care.

Benefits and compensation of the individual physiatrist impact the overall health of the specialty and its place in medicine. In 2017, your Academy completed a PM&R-specific Compensation Study. All members who renew their 2018 dues will receive a report of the findings as a benefit of membership. 

By Defining Physiatry’s Value.
AAPM&R strongly advocates to payors, policymakers and regulators on issues that directly impact physiatry, and works diligently to help develop physiatry-focused measures to streamline reporting and assist with MIPS performance scoring. Quality measures are a means to an end, and Academy-appointed members serve on multi-stakeholder workgroups to advance the physiatric perspective for quality measurement. 

By Unifying the Voice of Physiatry. 
From Washington D.C. to multi-specialty workgroups, hundreds of AAPM&R representatives, liaisons, and staff work diligently throughout the year to be a unified voice for physiatry, ensuring the values of our specialty are known and relevant in the future medicine.