Telehealth Advocacy


AAPM&R supports the coverage of telehealth services and encourages members to utilize telehealth as an expansion of their practice.

Following the implementation of regulatory and reimbursement flexibilities, telehealth has offered an innovative and safe way for members to care for patient’s during the COVID-19 pandemic. AAPM&R continues to advocate for comprehensive coverage of telehealth. 

On June 17, AAPM&R completed our second virtual Day on Capitol Hill reaching more than 50 offices. One advocacy priority included expanding telehealth access after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) to increase access to rehabilitation services. Here is our one-page letter on removing barriers to patient-centered care.  AAPM&R has also participated in various sign on and comment letters, supporting coverage of telehealth during the public health emergency and beyond, including:

Insurance companies are responding to COVID-19 by adjusting coverage including changes to prior authorization, copays, telemedicine coverage, and beyond. AHIP is tracking these changes on a payer-by-payer basis on their website. (August 2021)

Alliance for Connected Care

To advance our advocacy strategies in telehealth, The Academy has joined more than 30 patient and provider groups as a member of the Alliance for Connected Care Advisory Board. The Alliance has several key advocacy priorities that align with AAPM&R including expanding access to telehealth services by removing geographic and site limitations and ensuring appropriate reimbursement of providers for the delivery of telehealth. The Alliance has made many resources available to help keep us up to date on the current federal and state telehealth regulations: