Scope of Practice

AAPM&R members are experiencing pressure to maximize their value and impact. Concerns over scope of practice and maintaining leadership presence of PM&R in historically PM&R-prevalent settings for the benefit of patients are at an all-time high.

AAPM&R is taking action.

Your Academy remains vigilant about ongoing efforts by non-physician providers to expand their scope of practice beyond their level of training, which may threaten the health and safety of patients and impact the livelihood of physiatrists. For example, we recently presented our new definition of a Rehabilitation Physician and Director of Rehabilitation in Inpatient Rehabilitation Settings to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

AAPM&R is not only working to ensure that physiatric care can be maintained for patients, we’re boldly focused on new practices models that will expand the scope and reach of physiatrist expertise across the care continuum. Learn more.

AAPM&R's Position on Advanced Practice Providers

Our position is that APPs should not practice rehab independently, but instead work within a rehab team under the leadership of a PM&R physician. Click below to read our formal position: The Role of the Advanced Practice Provider in Rehabilitation Care. 


From ongoing collaborations with the American Medical Association (AMA) to a full toolkit of position statements, we plan to continue developing tangible resources to assist physiatrists in addressing scope of practice issues.