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Liaisons

Every year, AAPM&R is represented on a multitude of activities including focus groups, committees, standing committees, and technical expert panels to influence the ways physicians practice and improve the quality of patient care. Your Academy Liaisons, appointed by the Evidence, Quality, and Performance Committee (EQPC), represent PM&R nationally by sounding the physiatric voice on various topics including a wide variety of conditions and treatments that span the clinical areas of each Member Council. Explore the sections below to find:


Current Advocacy Liaisons

2017 - Present

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Acumen MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measure - Non-Spine Musculoskeletal Disease Management Subcommittee 
    • Andrew Gordon, MD and Kirk Whetstone, MD
  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Post-Acute Care/Long-Tem Care Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Committee
    • Kurtis Hoppe, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/RTI Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Programs (QRP) Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Kurtis Hoppe, MD

2016 - Present

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)/American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Quality Measures for Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Workgroup
    • William Jones, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Performance Measure Development for Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (SMOAK) Workgroup
    • Mark I. Ellen, MD
  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Care Coordination Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Samiel Bierner, MD
  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Cancer Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Andrea Cheville, MD and Eric Wisotzky, MD
  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Cardiovascular Conditions Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Carmen Terzic, MD
  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Quality Improvement Advisory Committee
    • Alan Novick, MD
  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) National Quality Registry Network Steering Committee
    • Andrew Friedman, MD
  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Measure Advisory Committee
    • John Lesher, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) MACRA Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Eric Wisotzky, MD
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Research Committee on Current Knowledge Gaps and Care Needs for Hospitalized Patients.
    • Bruce Pomeranz, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Performance Measures Management of ACL Injuries Workgroup
    • Kevin Vincent, MD

2015 - Present

  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Neurology Project
    • Ross Zafonte, DO
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Physician Roundtable to discuss unmet evidence needs of the physician community, and advise us on dissemination strategies to ensure uptake of PCORI findings in practice
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • The Joint Commission Total Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement Technical Advisory Panel (TEP) 
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Development Workgroup
    • David Ripley, MD

2014 - Present

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Post-Intensive Care Syndrome Guideline Development Workgroup
    • Mary Catherine Spires, MD
  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Person & Family Centered Care Standing Committee
    • Samuel Bierner, MD
  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Primary Care and Chronic Illness (formerly MSK) Standing Committee
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD and Chris Visco, MD

 


Past Academy Liaisons

2016

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Voting Panel    
    • Atul T. Patel, MD    
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/RTI Development of Functional Outcome Quality Measures for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Azlan Tariq, DO
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Child Neurology Measure Development Workgroup
    • Amy Houtrow, MD
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Optimizing Methods to Collect and Analyze a Patient-Reported Measure of Physical Function in an Integrated Healthcare System Orthopaedic Service Line Advisory Panel
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD

2015

  • RAND IMPACT Act 2014 Focus Group
    • John Melvin, MD and Kenneth Adams, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary Measure Development Technical Panel Expert (TEP)   
    • Kurtis Hoppe, MD
  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Pediatric Quality Measure Development Committee    
    • Amy Houtrow, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Discharge to Community Measure Development Technical Advisory Panel (TEP) 
    • Subhadra Nori, MD 
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation Measurement Set Update Workgroup Chair
    •  Steven Flanagan, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation Measurement Set Update Workgroup
    • Richard Harvey, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Drug Reconciliation Measure Development Technical Expert Panel (TEP)   
    • K. R. Poduri, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome AUC Writing Panel
    • Robert Werner, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Hip Fractures in the Elderly AUC Voting Panel
    • Hilary Siebens, MD and Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/RTI/Abt Potentially Preventable Readmissions Measure Development Technical Expert Panel (TEP) 
    • Greg Worsowicz, MD
  • American Medical Association (AMA) Pain Management CME Development Panel
    • Sayed Wahezi, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Dementia Measure Update Work Group
    • Dale C. Strasser, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Parkinson's Disease Measure Update Work Group
    • Christina Marciniak, MD

2014

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries AUC Voting Panel
    • Kevin Vincent, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Hip Fractures in the Elderly Measure Development Work Group
    • Kevin Means, MD
  • The Joint Commission Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement Technical Advisory Panel
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Hip Fractures AUC Writing Panel
    • Michael C. Munin, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Guideline Update Panel
    • Atul T. Patel, MD
  • North American Spine Society (NASS) Low Back Pain Guideline Development Work Group
    • Matthew Smuck, MD
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Hand, Wrist, and Forearm Disorders Guideline Update Panel
    • Jason Zaremski, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) ACL Injuries AUC Writing Panel
    • Daniel Herman, MD
  • Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Fibromyalgia Systematic Review - Peer Review
    • Martin Grabois, MD
  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS) Sacroiliac Interventions AUC Rating Panel
    • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) MS Measure Development Work Group
    • K. R. Poduri, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Quality Improvement Projects (QIP) PQRS # 182 Measure Review Technical Expert
    • Deepthi Saxena, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Quality Improvement Projects (QIP) PQRS #131 Measure Review Technical Expert Panel
    • Deepthi Saxena, MD

2013

  • Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Noninvasive Treatments for LBP CER Refinement Project
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) ACL Guideline Review Pane
    • Jay Smith, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)/RTI Functional Outcomes Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Richard Riggs, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Muscular Dystrophy Measure Development Work Group
    • Robert Rinaldi, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Non-Arthroplasty Treatment of OA of the Knee AUC Review Panel
    • William M. Jones, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Non-Arthroplasty Treatment of OA of the Knee AUC Voting Panel
    • Kevin Vincent, MD
  • RAND Lumbar Degenerative Scoliosis AUC Expert Panel
    • Gwendolyn Sowa, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Headache Measure Development Work Group
    • Thomas Watanabe, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Imaging for Knee Pain AUC Writing Panel
    • Troy Henning, DO
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Imaging for Shoulder Pain AUC Writing Panel
    • Nitin Jain, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Rotator Cuff AUC Voting Panel
    • Nitin Jain, MD
  • Brain Trauma Foundation Concussion Definition Consortium
    • Steven Flanagan, MD

2012

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Treatment of OA of the Knee Guideline Review Panel
    • D. J. Kennedy, MD
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Prevention of Neural Injury Associated w/Epidural Injection of Corticosteroids Guideline Review Panel
    • William Sullivan, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Treatment of OA of the Knee AUC Writing Panel
    • Mark I. Ellen, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) ACL Injuries Guideline Development Work Group
    • Mark I. Ellen, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) TBI Guideline Review Panel
    • Camiolo Reddy & Brain Greenwald, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) MS Guideline Review Panel
    • Patrica Nance, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) ALS Measure Development Work Group
    • Gregory Carter, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Neuropathy Measure Development Work Group
    • Stephen Kishner, MD 
  • Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)/Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Sarcopenia Consensus Summit
    • Patrick Kortebein, MD
  • Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI)
    • D. J. Kennedy, MD

 2011

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Hip Fracture in the Elderly Guideline Development Workgroup
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Ultrasound Guided Procedures Guideline Development Workgroup
    • Jonathan Finnoff, DO
  • American Cancer Society Prospective Model of Care for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Roundtable Meeting
    • Michael Stubblefield, MD
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance
    • Andre Shiller, MD

Additional Academy Liaisons & Representatives

American College of Surgeons / Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, Representative

American College of Surgeons / Geriatric Trauma Initiative
Dale C. Strasser, MD, Representative

American Geriatric Society / Council of Surgical Subspecialties
Patrick M. Kortebein, MD, Liaison

American Medical Association / House of Delegates
Susan Lee Hubbell, MD, Chair, Delegate
Stuart J. Glassman, MD, Delegate

American Medical Association / Resident/Fellow Section
Brittany Bickelhaupt, MD, Representative

American Medical Association / Scope of Practice Partnership
Susan Lee Hubbell, MD, Liaison

American Medical Association / RUC Advisor
Matthew J. Grierson, MD, RUC Advisor
Barry S. Smith, MD, Alternate RUC Advisor

American Medical Association (AMA) CPT Advisor
Annie Purcell, DO, CPT Advisor

American Medical Association / Young Physicians Section
Mohammad T. Agha, MD

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA

Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation, Inc.
Dennis Matthews, MD, Representative

Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF)
Steve M. Gnatz, MD, Representative

Commission on Cancer
Eric M. Wisotzky, MD

Joint Commission Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)
Barry S. Smith, MD, Representative

Joint Commission Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)
Jeanne G. Doherty, MD, Representative

Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (JCSMS)
Jonathan Halperin, MD, Representative

National Quality Forum
Kurtis M. Hoppe, MD, Liaison

Paralyzed Veterans of America/Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine
Jeffrey A. Strommen, MD, Representative

Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI)
John Lesher, MD, MPH MD, Primary Representative

Spine Intervention Society – Multi-Society Pain Workgroup
Annie Purcell, DO
Scott Horn, DO

United States Bone & Joint Initiative (USBJI) - Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease Publication
Jonathan S. Kirschner, M.D. RMSK, Steering Committee