AAPM&R Members in the News: March 2017

Members & Publications


March 29, 2017

  • Cheri Blauwet, MD, FAAPMR, instructor at Harvard Medical School and sports medicine physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was recognized on International Women’s Day last week by the International Paralympic Committee. Congratulations, Dr. Blauwet! Read more.
  • Deitrick L. Cox, MD, FAAPMR, recently joined OrthoAtlanta Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists in Austell, GA. Dr. Cox provides non-surgical orthopedic care, including non-surgical spine, musculoskeletal medicine, and functional medicine to patients suffering muscular, nerve, joint, and tendon injuries. Congratulations on the new position, Dr. Cox! Read more.
  • David Crandell, MD, FAAPMR, medical director of the amputee program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, is featured in this New York Times article discussing former Marine Dan Lasko's new prosthetic leg that allows him to go straight from walking to swimming, while matching the power of his other intact leg. Lasko had the opportunity to test the leg, and the device should become available in about 6 months. Read more.
  • Peter C. Esselman, MD, FAAPMR, professor and chair of PM&R at the University of Washington and AAPM&R Vice President, discusses the recovery of a Mount Vernon police officer who went blind after he was shot in the head while on duty back in December. Read more.
  • Michelle S. Gittler, MD, FAAPMR, medical director at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, spoke to NBC News in Chicago just days after it was reported that it has been 2 years since Chicago went a day without shootings. Dr. Gittler helps gunshot victims recover from their injuries and explains that this is a public health crisis. Read more.
  • Perry Herman, MD, FAAPMR, a private practice physiatrist in Monroe Township, NJ, is featured in this article where he talks about how he started in physiatry and his current practice. Read more.
  • David Hryvniak, DO, FAAPMR, assistant professor of PM&R at the University of Virginia, discusses sports medicine and how he helps keep athletes healthy. Dr. Hryvniak also manages the Runner’s Clinic, along with 2 other physicians, where he helps patients regain the fitness necessary to return to running or other physical activities. Read more.
  • Megan Parkes, MD, FAAPMR, was recently appointed to medical director at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital, where she will oversee all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Congratulations, Dr. Parkes! Read more.
  • David Russo, DO, FAAPMR, physiatrist at Columbia Pain Management P.C., discusses Oregon’s opioid abuse epidemic in his guest editorial, “Putting an End to Oregon’s Opioid Woes.” Read more.
  • Chloe Slocum, MD, FAAPMR, was named to the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Disability Policy Consortium. Dr. Slocum is a 2016-2017 Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and a staff physician at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. The Massachusetts Disability Policy Consortium will be honored at the 2017 Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) Marie Feltin Award Ceremony. Congratulations, Dr. Slocum! Read 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.