AAPM&R is Calling for a Comprehensive National Plan to Address the Needs of Millions Suffering from Long COVID

According to two recent publications from the Journal of the American Medical Association, ten to thirty percent of individuals who had COVID-19 reported at least one persistent symptom up to six months after the virus left their bodies. That means 3 to 10 million Americans are experiencing symptoms of Long COVID or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), which are varied and ongoing, including neurological challenges, cognitive problems such as brain fog, shortness of breath, fatigue, pain, and mobility issues.

AAPM&R called on President Joe Biden and Congress to gear up for the next coronavirus crisis by preparing and implementing a comprehensive national plan focused on meeting the needs of millions of individuals suffering from the long-term symptoms of COVID-19, and help them regain quality of life and return to being active members of their communities. The plan must include a commitment to three major components:

  • Resources to build necessary infrastructure to meet this crisis
  • Equitable access to care for patients
  • Research to advance medical understanding of Long COVID

PM&R physicians are uniquely qualified to help guide the multidisciplinary effort needed to develop a plan for this crisis. As a specialty, physiatrists are investigators, team leaders and problem solvers. PM&R physicians see the whole patient AND the whole picture of the rehabilitation ecosystem. Physiatrists are exactly what this crisis needs. Learn more about our Multidisciplinary PASC Collaborative, launched in March 2021, which is working on quality improvement initiatives.

AAPM&R Advocacy, Healthcare Collaborations and Partnerships, and Customized Resources to Support PM&R During This Crisis

AAPM&R is working to ensure PM&R is part of the national conversation about healthcare amidst COVID-19 and advocating for the federal support, legislation, regulation relief and resources that physiatrists need now. One way we are doing this is through our partnerships and collaborations with other specialty societies. The Academy continuously works to represent PM&R through these collaborations, and it is through these partnerships that we are able to discuss and share a variety of resources with you that you critically need.

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Review and Comment - Draft Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography Policy

Jun 08, 2023


On June 1, 2023, two Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) released identical proposed local coverage determinations (LCDs) for nerve conduction studies and electromyography. The MACs, Novitas Solutions, and First Coast Service Options, cover providers in several states. As of the time this article was written, we have not seen policy drafts from other MACs. 

View the Novitas Solutions policy draft here.
View the First Coast Service Options policy draft here.

Novitas Solutions and First Coast Service Options are accepting comments on the draft policy, due July 15. The MACs are also hosting open meetings where these policies will be discussed. First Coast Service Options is hosting a meeting on June 15 – register here. Novitas Solutions is hosting a meeting on June 16 – register here. Please note these are multi-hour meetings during which the nerve conduction studies and electromyography policy will be one of many agenda items.

AAPM&R is in the process of reviewing the draft policy and developing comments. If you have any suggestions or comments you would like the Academy to consider, please contact Carolyn Millett at cmillett@aapmr.org.