AAPM&R Members in the News: August 2017

Members & Publications


August 30, 2017

  • Scott L. Abramson, MD, FAAPMR, physiatrist at Spaulding Cape Cod, is keeping his interest of adaptive sports in the family. This past weekend, his twin sons helped co-host a charity golf tournament to benefit Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers. Read more.
  • Aixa Alvarez, MD, FAAPMR, physiatrist at Methodist Hospital and Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR, medical director of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, discover that they have more in common than just a passion for running. Read more.
  • Susan Apkon, MD, FAAPMR, director of rehabilitation medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, discusses spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and her efforts to urge Washington state's Medicaid pharmacy board to cover the drug Spinraza, used to help treat SMA, which has an extremely high price tag. Read more.
  • Alexander J. Bajorek, MD, recently joined Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s First Physicians Group network as part of the physiatry team, providing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Read more.
  • David J. Cormier, DO, DPT, FAAPMR, fellow at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, recently joined Seacoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (SOSMed). Read more.
  • Steve M. Gnatz, MD, MHA, FAAPMR, chief medical officer at Integrated Rehab Consultants and AAPM&R Past President, discusses why physiatrists need to be involved in treatment planning at skilled nursing facilities in the article, "Physiatrists: Optimizing and Expediting PAC." Read more.
  • Mike Jakubowski, MD, FAAPMR, chief medical officer at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, discusses the hospital's new residency program, which was recently launched this summer. Read more.
  • Howard Liss, MD, FAAPMR, physiatrist and founder of Howard Liss, MD Rehabilitation Institute, recently opened a new practice location in Riverdale, NY. Read more.
  • Julie K. Silver, MD, FAAPMR, director of cancer rehabilitation, as well as an associate professor and associate chair in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, discusses her goal of improving the visibility and impact of female health care leaders in the article, "Invisible women: Female doctors and health care leaders are being hidden in plain sight." Read more.
  • Michael Slesinski, DO, fellowship-trained interventional spine, sports medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine physician, recently joined the CORE Institute, making him the first spine physician on the team. Read more.
  • Ann T. Vasile, MD, FAAPMR, medical director of Tustin Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Paradigm Medical Director, and a partner at Rehabilitation Associates Medical Group, was honored by the Triumph Foundation with the Outstanding Service Award for her work serving the paralysis community. Read more.
  • Lily J. Voepel, MD, FAAPMR, recently moved her interventional pain management practice to Brevard County in Florida. Read more.
  • Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, FAAPMR, outpatient physician at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Georgetown University, is recognized in Marquis Who's Who and celebrates more than 30 years of industry experience. 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.