AAPM&R Virtual Fly-In to Capitol Hill

Advocacy

Welcome to AAPM&R’s Virtual Hill Day web page! We appreciate your office’s attention to issues important to physiatry and rehabilitation patients.

AAPM&R is the national medical specialty organization representing more than 10,000 physicians who are specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). PM&R physicians, also known as physiatrists, are medical experts in treating a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. PM&R physicians evaluate and treat injuries, illnesses, and disability, and are experts in designing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans. Physiatrists utilize cutting‐edge as well as time‐tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life.

Please see the materials below, shared in the 2021 meetings with Congressional offices. This year’s top priorities for our virtual DC fly-in on June 17 include:

  1. Calling for a national crisis plan to address Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) as the next crisis of the ongoing pandemic,
  2. Streamlining prior authorization by supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) and ensuring access to telemedicine services by supporting the CONNECT for Health Act, and 
  3. Ensuring patient access to post-acute rehabilitation care by reforming the intensive therapy requirement in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and delaying the implementation of the IMPACT Act as stated in The Resetting the IMPACT Act of 2021 (H.R. 2455).

For questions, please reach out to rsingh@aapmr.org.

If you’d like to hear directly from physiatrists’ treating COVID patients and working during the pandemic, read our Member Stories.