AAPM&R Members in the News: April 2017

Members & Publications


April 26, 2017

  • Mehul Desai MD, MPH, FAAPMR, AAPM&R Leadership Program Fellow and president of the International Spine, Pain & Performance Center, contributed an article, "Combating opioid epidemic, repealing ObamaCare will hurt the cause," to The HillRead it here.
  • Lauren Elson, MD, FAAPMR, sports medicine physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and former professional dancer, discusses the role rehabilitation plays for ballet dancers. Read more.
  • Alberto Esquenazi, MD, FAAPMR, AAPM&R past president and chief medical officer at MossRehab, discusses the impact of eliminating essential health care benefits, particularly for people with disabilities or chronic conditions. Watch the video here.
  • Nneka Ifejika, MD, MPH, FAAPMR, director of neurorehabilitation at the University of Texas and graduate of AAPM&R’s Leadership Program, has been selected as the 2017 Distinguished Lecturer for Sam Houston State University. Read more.
  • Val Jones, MD, FAAPMR, physiatrist and CEO of Better Health, discusses rehabilitation medicine for cancer patients in the article, "What are the best uses of rehabilitation medicine in patients with cancer?" Read more.
  • Steven Kirshblum, MD, FAAPMR, senior medical officer at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and chief medical officer at Kessler Foundation, has been named chair of the PM&R department at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Kirshblum, internationally recognized for his work in the field of medical rehabilitation, is also the chief of service at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. Read more.
  • Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd, FAAPMR, clinical assistant professor, department of anesthesiology at UT Health San Antonio, has been named Dannemiller, Inc.’s new medical director. Read more.
  • Steven Stanos, DO, FAAPMR, physiatrist at Swedish Medical Center, discusses his team’s rehabilitation program for chronic pain in this AMA Wire article, “Seattle clinic follows biopsychosocial model for patients with chronic pain.” Read more.
  • Joel Stein, MD, FAAPMR, professor of rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and physiatrist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, has been appointed chairman of the new rehabilitation department at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. Formerly the division of rehabilitation medicine, the new department of rehabilitation medicine was established to further advance NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine’s programs in rehabilitation medicine. Read more.
  • Ford Vox, MD, FAAPMR, physiatrist at Shepherd Center, contributed an article to the AMA Wire, “The moment I knew medicine was my calling.” Read the full post here. Dr. Vox was also recently appointed as the digital media editor for the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and serves as a medical analyst for his local NPR station.

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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.