The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s legislative, regulatory and grassroots advocacy efforts are designed to ensure that the practice of physiatry is positioned to flourish in the ever-changing health care landscape. Our staff serves its member physicians by advancing the specialty and its important contribution to the health, function, and quality of life for patients around the country, before Congress and federal agencies. Get to know the Academy liaisons who help support these efforts.

Keep reading to learn more about what your Academy is doing to represent the specialty, our physician members, and the patients you serve.

Federal Health Care Reform

Federal Health
Care Reform

AAPM&R actively advocates for the specialty to ensure that rehabilitation is preserved in a meaningful way as a part of essential health benefits packages being adopted by each state. 

Reimbursement Advocacy

Reimbursement Advocacy

The Academy is poised to make proactive strides toward maintaining physiatric practice by showing the necessity of the cost-saving care our physicians provide. 

Paralympics Research Advocacy

Research Advocacy

AAPM&R is actively involved in disability and rehabilitation research advocacy on Capitol Hill and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for increased funding for medical rehabilitation research. 

Academy Efforts

Explore the ways your Academy is actively advocating for the specialty, including information on coalitions, liaisons, position statements, and comment letters. 

Action Center

The online Advocacy Action Center uses a proactive approach to grassroots advocacy built upon a convenient, practical system for communicating with members of Congress. In addition, it will periodically be used to conduct member surveys.

Position Statements

Explore the position statements developed and supported by the Academy.

Key Issues

Depend on your Academy to ensure the physiatric approach to patient care is strengthened and impactful during these times of change.