AAPM&R Members Appointed to Low Back Pain Cost Measure Workgroup

Members & Publications


June 8, 2021

This month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor Acumen announced appointments to its MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measure Wave 4 Clinician Expert Workgroups.

We are excited to share that Andrew H. Gordon, MD, PhD, FAAPMR and Carlo J.E. Milani, MD, MBA, FAAPMR were selected to represent physiatry on the Low Back Pain Workgroup. The workgroup is scheduled to meet Wednesday, June 23 to begin development of cost measures for low back pain.

Your Academy has actively participated in the previous waves of the Acumen cost measure development project since 2017.  We look forward to sharing additional insights about this process as the Low Back Pain Workgroup gets underway.

Andrew H. Gordon, MD, PhD, FAAPMR

(Dr. Andrew Gordon)

Carlo J.E. Milani, MD, MBA, FAAPMR

(Dr. Carlo Milani)

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.