Insights from the Early Career Virtual Town Hall

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August 19, 2016

Rounding out a busy week of 3 virtual town halls, we gathered one more group on August 18, early career physiatrists. Physiatrists who are 1-5 years in practice have a unique point of view on the intense health care changes, and we wanted to hear about their experiences and the opportunities they see for the field.

More than one participant discussed a need to prove the value of PM&R through education and data. As early career physicians, they emphasized the pressure they feel to prove their value in order to build referral sources and stay valuable to hospital/system administrators as well as payers.

When asked about opportunities, new and emerging technologies such as regenerative medicine were highlighted as a way to both add value to the patient and be profitable. Participants also discussed primary care partnerships and, when polled, 100% of those on the webinar felt there was an opportunity for PM&R to align more closely with primary care.

When prioritizing stakeholder audiences for awareness regarding any new physiatric models, early career physicians’ prioritized referral sources and other specialties as their top choice.

Physiatrists 1-5 years in practice – did you miss this conversation? Join an upcoming virtual town hall or start a discussion regarding opportunities in the All Member Community.


AAPM&R is hosting Virtual Town Halls as a form of qualitative research supporting the overall goals of the Visioning PM&R Bold initiative. Additional Virtual Town Halls will be announced soon. Make sure to register and Talk PM&R Bold as we discuss big ideas and opportunities for the future of PM&R.

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.