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 2020 visits to Congressional offices. This year’s top priorities for our virtual DC fly-in on December 2-3 include preventing the 2021 conversion factor cut to avoid a major cut to overall physician reimbursement, ensuring patient access to rehabilitation care by reforming prior authorization and the intensive therapy requirement in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, delaying the implementation of the IMPACT Act, and ensuring COVID-19 survivors have adequate access to rehabilitation treatments.

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


  • Ensure access to personal protective equipment and testing.
  • Protect physicians and all healthcare providers from medical liability by including the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act (HR 7059) in any upcoming COVID legislative package.
  • Maintaining the physiatry workforce by including the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (S. 3599), the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act (S. 948) and the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (S 348/HR 1763) in any upcoming COVID-19 legislative package.
  • Ensure that telemedicine, whether audio-only or audio and visual, are accessible throughout the country and to all patients and that telemedicine be expanded to take into account the conditions with which patients present, not just immunocompromised patients, when considering the extension of telemedicine.
  • Provide student loan relief for physicians and include the Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act (HR 6720) in any upcoming COVID legislative package.
  • Support the Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act (HR 6585), which requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial, ethnic and other demographic data on COVID testing, treatment and fatality rates.
  • Ensure coverage of any necessary post-acute care treatment for patients recovering from COVID-19.
  • Include legislation to except COVID-19 patients in inpatient rehabilitation facilities from the 60% rule even after the public health emergency ends.

AMRPA and AAPM&R Briefing: Meeting the Medical Rehabilitation Needs of COVID-19 Patients

Thursday, July 9, 2020

View the slides for this presentation here.