The AMA Journal of Ethics Publishes Article Addressing Obstacles to Evidence-Informed Pain Care

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August 10, 2020

The August issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics (JOE) published an article, Addressing Obstacles to Evidence-Informed Pain Care, authored by the AMA Pain Care Task Force (PCTF).

Dr. Erik Shaw, AAPM&R’s official representative to the AMA PCTF, is a contributing author to this article. The PCTF is comprised of representatives from 20 Federation member associations and was developed to identify a set of priorities for improving pain care that are actionable and that will potentially provide opportunities for collaborative action.

The AMA Pain Care Task Force microsite includes the PCTF’s document, Principles of Evidence Based and Evidence Informed Pain Care for Physicians, which expands on the recently published JOE article.

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.