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AAPM&R is Defining Physiatry’s Value in Medicine

Jan 17, 2019

AAPM&R is Advocating to CMS to Update Its Definitions for “Rehabilitation Physician” and “Director of Rehabilitation” in IRF Settings 

AAPM&R members are experiencing pressure to maximize their value and impact. Concerns over scope of practice and losing footholds in historically PM&R-prevalent settings are at an all-time high.

One specific point of input we hear relates to current system interpretations of the qualifications for Directors of Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Physicians in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These definitions have implications for our training programs, reimbursement, and physiatry's position of leadership within IRFs.

AAPM&R is taking action.

With the expertise of volunteer members and the input of members, AAPM&R created a new position statement and revised definitions. Our plan is to take this documentation directly to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). We believe these definitions have implications for our training programs, reimbursement, and physiatry's position of leadership within IRFs.

We will be advocating that the new definitions be considered for an upcoming IRF Prospective Payment System proposed rule. Stay tuned for progress reports on this critical effort!

  • Read your January issue of PM&R to see the position statement and revised definitions
  • Read your February issue of The Physiatrist for additional information and stay tuned for updates and ways to get involved.