A Critical Conversation on Equity, Access, and Inclusion in PM&R, Health Care, and Society

Members & Publications


June 26, 2020

You are invited to our critical conversation on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 pm CT. Hosted by the AAPM&R Board of Governors, we will be holding a thoughtful discussion on racial equity to create space for these often-difficult conversations. We want to listen and understand how current events have impacted African American members in our PM&R community. Let's come together and hear your stories and experiences. This is your opportunity to share your concerns and questions so that we may continue to create a welcoming environment for all members. Questions may be submitted in advance to diversity@aapmr.org.

“The ongoing crisis of institutional racism in our country and the COVID-19 pandemic shows us that previously accepted “norms” of the U.S. health care system and within society must be critically examined and structurally changed to enable a path for healing. It will require difficult and uncomfortable dialogues, but it is the only way for us to create an inclusive path forward that is different from the past,” Michelle Gittler, MD, AAPM&R President. View the full statement from the Board of Governors as well as Dr. Gittler's recent editorial in The Physiatrist.

In advance of our conversation, we invite you to watch Dr. Camara Jones' presentation from the 2019 Annual Assembly, "Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a Campaign Against Racism." Dr. Jones was one of our plenary speakers and is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.

We look forward to this open conversation and hope you can join us! Register now.

Learn more about the Academy's Diversity & Inclusion efforts, including our strategic goals and initiatives.


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.