Payment Reform


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AAPM&R remains committed to pursuing fair reimbursement for physician-led care in the ever-changing health care environment. By educating all types of medical payers on the value of health and function, the Academy is helping establish our members as a critical piece of the new value-driven health care delivery landscape. The Academy is particularly concerned with the annual decreases to Medicare payment, which threaten the livelihood of our members. AAPM&R’s payment reform priorities include:

  • Partnering with a broad range of medical specialties to encourage Congress and Medicare to pursue payment reform, which would ensure Medicare payments keep up with inflation rates and the costs of operating a medical practice.
  • Taking an active role in the process that develops and modifies codes and their value.
    Learn more about the Academy’s work with the American Medical Association RVS Update Committee (RUC) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Panel meetings.
  • Focusing on reimbursement issues that have substantial impacts to physiatry.
  • Making proactive strides to affirm the value of physiatric practice by showing the necessity of the cost-saving care our physicians provide. Learn more about these initiatives below.