Six AAPM&R PASC Collaborative Participants Awarded Grants to Expand Access to Care for Individuals with Long COVID

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September 11, 2023


In April we announced that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was releasing its Notice of Funding Opportunity on “Implementing and Evaluating New Models for Delivering Comprehensive, Coordinated, Person-Centered Care to People with Long COVID.” This funding is designed to expand access and care, develop, and implement new or improved care delivery models, foster best practices for Long COVID management, and support the primary care community in Long COVID education.  

On September 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the AHRQ, announced the grant awards and we are thrilled to share that six of the nine Long COVID clinics to receive this funding are part of our Multi-Disciplinary PASC Collaborative. Each awardee will receive $1 million for up to five years and this grant goes directly to clinics to use at the point of care.

Congratulations to the following awardees who have been so valuable in our Long COVID efforts:

  • Abby Cheng, MD, FAAPMR – Washington University
  • Janna Friedly, MD, MPH, FAAPMR – University of Washington
  • Joseph Herrera, DO, FAAPMR – Mount Sinai
  • Amanda Morrow, MD, FAAPMR – Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • William Niehaus, MD, FAAPMR – University of Colorado
  • Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR – UT Health San Antonio


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.