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Current Advocacy Priorities


Dedicated members, volunteers and Academy staff strive to advance the specialty and its important contributions to the health, function, and quality of life for patients around the country, before Congress and federal agencies, as well as other entities directly impacting the work of physiatrists and their patients.

Below, you will find our current advocacy priorities. These priorities adjust as the health care landscape continues to evolve and new challenges emerge. AAPM&R greatly relies on member input to drive its prioritization of efforts! Explore the links to see how your Academy is advocating in each area and why it matters.

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AAPM&R Advocacy: Advancing PM&R on Capitol Hill and Beyond

Thursday, March 4, at 7 pm (CT)

Register today to join us for a webinar hosted by AAPM&R's advocacy committees on March 4. All members are welcome.

We will go over the political highlights of the 2020 election and how it will affect AAPM&R’s state and federal advocacy goals in 2021. This session will also highlight some of the most important issues from 2020, their successes and what is still needed. Such issues include physician reimbursement, scope of practice issues, reducing physiatry burden and practice management during the public health emergency.

The advocacy committees look forward to receiving input from AAPM&R membership during this session on our ongoing and upcoming advocacy priorities, including physician reimbursement, telehealth, scope of practice, COVID-19 and post-acute COVID syndrome, social determinants of health and Medicaid expansion.


  • Peter Thomas, JD, of Powers Law
  • Nneka L. Ifejika, MD, MPH, FAAPMR, Health Policy & Legislation Committee Chair
  • Matthew J. Grierson, MD, FAAPMR, Reimbursement and Policy Review Committee Chair
  • Richard G. Chang, MD, MPH, FAAPMR, State Advocacy Committee Chair

Register now to join the conversation. Thank you for being #PMRAdvocates!