AAPM&R Members in the News: March 2016

Members & Publications


March 29, 2016

  • Matthew Bartels, MD, chairman of the department of PM&R at Montefiore Health System, and Stephen Erosa, DO, PGY-3 at Montefiore, co-authored the article, “The Key to Living Better and Longer,” which was published in the U.S. News & World Report Health section. Read more here.

  • On March 14, 2016, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a roundtable discussion on concussion research and treatment. Panelists included experts from the medical, military, athletic, and research communities. One particular expert, David Cifu, MD, AAPM&R past president, PM&R department chair at Virginia Commonwealth University, and AAPM&R Concussion Work Group participant, also attended this roundtable discussion to represent the physiatric approach to care post-concussion. View the full recording of the discussion here.

  • Chuck Dietzen, MD, pediatric physiatrist and founder/president of Timmy Global Health, just released his new book, Pint-sized Prophets: Inspirational Moments That Taught Me We Are All Born To Be Healers. Congratulations, Dr. Dietzen! Learn more.

  • Cynthia Garcia, MD, physiatrist at Harlingen Medical Center, recently spoke at a “Doc Talk Lecture,” answering questions on shoulder pain and how to treat these types of injuries. Learn more.
  • Brian Greenwald, MD, medical director at the Center for Head Injuries at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, discusses art therapy as one of the non-traditional therapies for traumatic brain injury survivors. Learn more.

  • Julie Gronek, MD, physiatrist at Jones Center for Pain Management, served on a panel of brain injury experts for a Brain Injury Awareness Month Q&A session at Traverse City’s State Theater and Rainbow Rehabilitation Center. Learn more.

  • Andrew Haig, MD, professor emeritus of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan and president of Haig et al. Consulting, has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as vice president of accountable care and medical informatics. Congratulations, Dr. Haig! Learn more here.

  • Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor of PM&R and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, and Tracy Knippel, MD, PGY-3 resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, recently published their research that focuses on the way in which pediatric rehabilitation services are delivered has changed in the last decade. Learn more.

  • Joel Press, MD, AAPM&R past president, has been named the new chairman, department of physiatry and physiatrist-in-chief of the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), effective September 2016. Dr. Press currently works at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), where he has served as medical director of its spine and sports rehabilitation center since 1994. Congratulations, Dr. Press! Learn more.

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Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.