Piloting the Spine Quality Outcomes Database: An Interview with Michael Hatzakis, Jr., MD

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February 14, 2017

The Spine Quality Outcomes Database (SQOD) is a clinical data registry created by AAPM&R and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). The SQOD follows individuals with spine-related issues longitudinally and, collectively, the data has the ability to advance the understanding of the ever-growing spine patient population while demonstrating the quality and value of treatments. Michael Hatzakis, Jr., MD, currently serves on the AAPM&R/AANS Joint Registry Steering Committee for the SQOD, and we had an opportunity to connect with him.

Read the February issue of The Physiatrist for the full interview.

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.