AAPM&R Members in the News: January 2018

Members & Publications


January 31, 2018

  • Michael April, MD, FAAPMR, physiatrist at the Pain & Injury Center of Greater Washington, served as the team physician for Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games last summer. The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest in the world behind the Summer Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. In addition to covering various sports including soccer, track and field, and Tae Kwon Do, Dr. April was also the only acupuncturist on the medical team. The 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics are right around the corner! Are you heading to the games? Email us if you’re serving as team physician – we want to connect with you!
  • Joanne Borg-Stein, MD, FAAPMR, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, and Jay Smith, MD, FAAPMR, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic, discuss the use of stem cells to treat knee injuries in this The Wall Street Journal article, “Stem Cells for Knee Problems? U.S. Doctors Investigate.” Read more.
  • Kelly Crozier, MD, MBA, FAAPMR, medical director of the Reading Hospital Rehabilitation, became the first doctor in Pennsylvania to receive the "Everyday Hero Award" from the Pennsylvania Medical Society. The designation is designed to showcase talented physicians who do heroic work in their everyday lives. Read more.
  • Charles M. Dillard, MD, FAAPMR, a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, discusses the importance of wearing a helmet to avoid head injuries. Read more.
  • Leda Ghannad, MD, FAAPMR, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rush University Medical Center, was selected as the head physician for The Joffrey Ballet. Read more.
  • William Mosi Jones, MD, FAAPMR, sports medicine physician at Community Health Network, shares tips on how to stay safe during wintry weather. Read more.
  • David J. “D.J.” Kennedy, MD, FAAPMR, clinical associate professor and residency program director in the PM&R division with Stanford University’s department of orthopaedics, has been named chair of the PM&R department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Read more.
  • Edward R. Laskowski, MD, FAAPMR, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, was the senior author of a study, “High School Coaches, Players Know Little About Concussion,” which pulls data from 260+ athletes, parents, and coaches to help researchers understand their awareness of concussion. Read more.
  • Martin Schaeffer, MD, FAAPMR, pain medicine physician at CNY Spine and Pain Medicine, has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Liverpool, New York. Read more.
  • Maurice G. Sholas, MD, PhD, FAAPMR, the senior medical director of rehab services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, discusses why empathy, not technical knowledge, is the most critical skill he needs to deliver the highest-quality care to his patients in an article published in American Healthcare Leader. Read more.
  • Julie Silver, MD, FAAPMR, director of cancer rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, discusses the importance of cancer rehabilitation. Read more.
  • Chloe Slocum, MD, MPH, FAAPMR, spoke to medical residents and fellows from across the U.S. attending the Harvard Business School Value-Based Health Care Delivery Intensive Seminar in Boston, MA on January 10 about the role of physiatry and post-acute care in optimizing value by maximizing outcomes that matter to patients and reducing unnecessary costs related to complications.
  • Karen A. Stanek, MD, PhD, FAAPMR, medical director of Northwest Medical Rehabilitation, discusses traumatic brain injuries and the importance of working with physiatrists who can lead those with head injuries down the road of recovery. Read more.
  • Adam Tenforde, MD, FAAPMR, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, discusses the results of a study he co-authored, “Low Bone Mineral Density in Male Athletes Is Associated with Bone Stress Injuries at Anatomic Sites with Greater Trabecular Composition.” Read more.
  • Alexis Tracy, DO, FAAPMR, physiatrist at Orthopaedics Steamboat Springs, is helping spread awareness of the specialty by discussing the 5 things to know about physiatrists. Read more.
  • Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, FAAPMR, physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Washington, D.C. 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.