Advocacy Action Alert: Help Fight 2021 IRF Proposed Rule

Members & Publications


May 26, 2020

On April 16, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule for Federal Fiscal Year 2021.

CMS has proposed amending the IRF coverage requirements to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to perform certain duties that are currently required to be performed by a rehabilitation physician. Your Academy has serious concerns – for your patients and for the specialty – about CMS’ proposed rule.

AAPM&R is working on multiple fronts to stop this proposal from being finalized, but we need your help to make that happen. Take action now by sending a customizable letter—via AAPM&R’s Advocacy Action Center—to CMS by June 15, 2020 urging that they DO NOT finalize the proposal to expand the scope of services NPPs provide in IRF settings!

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Team Physiatry’s advocacy is driven by you. Be a #PMRAdvocate and get involved now!


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.