AAPM&R Members in the News: June 2018

Members & Publications


June 27, 2018

  • Kathleen Bell, MD, FAAPMR, chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center and AAPM&R Past President, talks about brain injury research in a new report. Read more.
  • Katherine Bentley, MD, FAAPMR, director of the chronic pain program at Children's Specialized Hospital, was a guest speaker on a Connecticut Public Radio segment, where she discussed chronic pain and its impact on young children. Read more.
  • Aaron Bunnell, MD, FAAPMR, an assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, shares the different factors that can contribute to post-stroke pain in a U.S. News & World Report article. Read more.
  • Christopher T. Dietrich, MD, FAAPMR, physiatrist at The Rehab Doctors, recently became the 137th president of the South Dakota State Medical Association. Read more.
  • John Harrell, MD, FAAPMR, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, shares his recommendations for traveling pain-free while on vacation. Read more.
  • Stanley A. Herring, MD, FAAPMR, senior medical advisor and co-founder of the UW Medicine Sports Health & Safety Institute, was the keynote speaker at the interdisciplinary Hospital for Special Surgery Concussion Course, which was directed by Emerald Lin, MD, FAAPMR. Dr. Herring was also a special guest speaker for the New York Society of PM&R in April. During his presentations, he conveyed how physiatry is uniquely qualified to lead in concussion care, advocacy, and management. He further discussed the need to balance the risk of sports participation with the benefits of exercise and the need to keep kids active to avoid the devastating health consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Tracey Isidro, MD, incoming PGY-2 at Baylor College of Medicine, shares her thoughts in this article, "The new doc on the block: 7 lessons from my first year of being a doctor." Read more.
  • Leonardo Pirillo, MD, FAAPMR, RMSK, physiatrist at Sports & Regenerative Medicine Clinic in Puerto Rico, discusses sports injuries in children. Read more.
  • Amy M. West, MD, PGY-4 at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, was recently a guest on the CrossFit Podcast discussing what physiatry is and how physiatrists aim to improve function. She also explains the difference between physiatry sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. Listen to the full podcast.

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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.