Long COVID Initiative Updates: September 29, 2021

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September 29, 2021

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

CDC Webinar: Evaluating and Supporting Patients Presenting with Fatigue Following COVID-19

On September 30, several AAPM&R members will be discussing our new fatigue guidance statement on an upcoming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call. Benjamin Abramoff, MD, MS, FAAPMR; Joseph Herrera, DO, FAAPMR and Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR, will talk about the guidance in detail, discuss which clinical assessments and tests are needed for an individual patient with fatigue, describe how to apply health equity considerations to clinical care, activity management and reconditioning of Long COVID patients and more. No registration required. Learn more and add this webinar to your calendar

If you happened to miss the COCA Call on September 30, you can view the recording on the CDC's website.

Long COVID Efforts: Working Behind the Scenes

We are working tirelessly to bring PM&R physicians to the forefront as leaders during this pandemic. On September 22, we met with a few Multi-Disciplinary PASC Collaborative members who votes on the cardiac and autonomic issues consensus statements. We also submitted comments on September 24 to the COVID Health Equity Task Force in advance of their meeting tomorrow. Our comments focused on supporting and expanding upon their proposals, including calling out the need for a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to Long COVID, support for multi-disciplinary clinics and the inclusion of physiatrists in stakeholder conversations. Get in the know and learn how our physiatrists are taking charge of COVID-19.

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.