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Federal Health Care Reform

The systematic changes occurring in health care are impacting how you practice and how you are reimbursed. Changes are happening so quickly; it’s difficult to keep things straight, especially as you try to remain focused on what matters most—the patient. Depend on your Academy to lead you through the transitions occurring in the business of health care to ensure you, and ultimately the specialty, are successful.

AAPM&R actively advocates for the specialty to ensure that rehabilitation is preserved in a meaningful way as a part of essential health benefits packages being adopted by each state, as well as access to appropriate rehabilitation through plans participating in state health insurance exchanges.

The Academy also works with the Department of Health and Human Services to give feedback on proposed rules of critical relevance and uniqueness to physiatrists and the patients they serve. The Academy will continue to advocate for our priorities as the health care landscape is transitioning on a number of fronts, including: health care delivery, payment reform and accountability, quality improvement, and a capacity for disability and rehabilitation research.