Advocacy Updates: Telehealth

Members & Publications


April 8, 2022

The President’s Budget, released in late March, documents that the Administration is committed to supporting a temporary extension of broader telehealth coverage under Medicare beyond the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) to study its ability to promote proper use and access to care.  The budget requests $45 million for telehealth, which is a $9 million increase over FY 2022 enacted levels.

On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, which included extending Medicare Telehealth Flexibilities for 151 days following the end of the PHE. Given that the PHE is expected to end in July, this will likely put us at the end of December. Your Academy previously joined more than 330 organizations in submitting a letter to Congress urging their leadership to keep telehealth waivers in place through the end of 2024 and then pass permanent, evidence-based telehealth legislation for implementation in 2024. Through investments and extension flexibilities, we expect telehealth will be a priority for Congress and Administration in 2023.

AAPM&R continues to monitor opportunities that push for permanent telehealth reform and comprehensive coverage. Please visit the Academy website for additional information about our telehealth advocacy efforts, including our recent support for payment parity.

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.