AAPM&R Leads Effort to Unite Team Physiatry to Score an Enormous Advocacy Win
August 4, 2020 - AAPM&R is thrilled to announce that our
leadership efforts have resulted in a BIG WIN for physiatry! By bringing
together the unified voice of 2,377 physiatrists, 122 patient advocacy
groups, state and medical specialties, and large IRF hospitals, as well
as 97 of your patients, and gaining support from key Congressional
offices, we have successfully defeated a dangerous CMS proposal that
would have had a detrimental impact on patient care, the specialty, and
the future of inpatient rehabilitation.
CMS heard us! In the rule released August 4, 2020, CMS did
NOT finalize their proposal, as written, to amend the IRF coverage
requirements to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to perform
certain duties that are currently required to be performed by a
rehabilitation physician. Learn more.
"Those of us leading this advocacy effort
are so pleased that CMS heard our voice and heeded our concerns. There
is still work ahead but we are so thankful to everyone who helped us in
this effort. Our patients and our specialty are better for it."
Darryl Kaelin, MD, FAAPMR
AAPM&R Past President
Co-Chair, Future of Inpatient Rehabilitation Workgroup
AAPM&R will continue to review the final rule in its entirety and
to share further updates with you. To read the finalized IRF
Prospective Payment System Rule for 2021, click here.
Team Physiatry’s success is driven by you. Thank you for
being a #PMRAdvocate and getting involved! We couldn’t do it without