Long COVID Initiative Updates: June 9, 2021

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June 9, 2021

AAPM&R will provide consistent updates on our advocacy outreach efforts, the Multi-Disciplinary PASC Collaborative and other relevant information to our Long COVID initiative.

Multi-Disciplinary PASC Committee Workgroups in Full Force

The Multi-Disciplinary PASC Committee remains hard at work. Here's a peek at the busy work they've been doing: 

  • The committee's consensus statement methodology and fatigue clincial consensus statement were submitted for publication this past week. 
  • The Breathing Group met this week to prepare their assessment and treatment statements for a full collaborative vote.
  • The Cognitive Impairment Group worked to finalize their assessment and treatment statements for a final collaborative vote and will submit their consensus statement for publication in the coming weeks.
  • The Clinic Infrastructure Group has begun documenting their survey results of how clinics are currently set up. 
  • The Pediatric Group also met and is continuing to explore how to incorporate pediatrics into its work.

Next Week: AAPM&R's Virtual Hill Day

Our Health Policy & Legislation Committee is meeting next week for their virtual Hill Day on June 17. One of the big focus areas will be Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC or Long COVID). Our call to action sign-on letter that calls for a comprehensive national plan to defeat Long COVID now has 75+ signatures, and will be heavily featured during our Hill Day. Learn more and stay tuned for updates!

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.