Member Alert: The Executive Orders of the New Trump Administration

Members & Publications

January 25, 2017

The new Trump Administration swiftly signed an executive order on January 20 regarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The executive order does not repeal the ACA, but instead acts as a charge for Congress to do so. Click here to read the full executive order.

Your Academy has already signed on to two coalition letters encouraging the Trump Administration and Congress to expand upon the quality and cost savings progress made in America through the ACA, while continuing to protect coverage for persons with disabilities.

“Our work with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the other coalitions within organized medicine provided this important opportunity to voice physiatry’s concerns for our work and the patients we serve,” stated Steve R. Geiringer, MD, President of AAPM&R. “Our Academy is diligently monitoring and participating in discussions regarding our healthcare system and how changes can and will affect the patient populations we serve. We ask in turn that our members join the conversation, become engaged in our efforts, and help support the advancement of the specialty during these times of change.”

It should be noted that the ACA and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) are two separate pieces of legislation. Repeal of the ACA will not repeal MACRA. At this time, there is no indication that MACRA will be repealed and we are continuing to closely monitor developments. The Academy continues to urge all members to learn more about the requirements stemming from MACRA and to begin reporting immediately to avoid penalties. Click here to learn about MACRA.

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.