AAPM&R Prioritizing Burnout and Wellness Initiative

Members & Publications

June 29, 2021

In recent years, PM&R has been inching toward the top of national physician burnout reports. To combat this, we are collaborating with the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists to improve the work environment of physiatrists. We have partnered with the Stanford WellMD Center to conduct a multiple modality assessment over the next several months. Our aims include:

  • Define the variability in the experience of occupational burnout among physiatrists and how the factors that contribute to it vary by practice setting and sub-discipline.
  • Identify actionable domains at the individual, practice and professional society level to reduce burnout and improve professional fulfillment among physiatrists.
  • Identify the modifiable individual characteristics and behaviors of physiatrists who have high professional fulfillment.

You may be contacted by them to provide your perspective on some of the unique virtues and challenges of working in PM&R. If you are randomly selected, we encourage you to provide your anonymous feedback. Your responses will help us work toward solutions to improve your well-being. Thank you in advance!

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.