AAPM&R COVID-19 Webinars

Members & Publications


AAPM&R developed timely educational resources to support you during this crisis. These resources, based on member feedback, include webinars on topics such as lessons learned from other members, telemedicine and more.

Other Academy webinars, including the pediatric rehabilitation lecture series and monthly virtual town halls with the AAPM&R Board of Governors, can be viewed here.

Upcoming Webinars

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Critical Conversations: Challenges on Reaching and Treating Your Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Originally recorded April 14, 2020

Join this panel discussion to talk through the many challenges PM&R is facing in skilled nursing facilities. With many physiatrists unable to see their patients and/or having to reposition their practices, we’ve gathered a few experts who will discuss what challenges they are facing and provide pearls on how to overcome them. Registrants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel for feedback on their challenging situations.

Panelists include:

  • Edward C. Burnetta, MD, FAAPMR – Private Practitioner in Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Jason J. Gruss, MD, FAAPMR – from ARC Rehabilitation in Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Charlotte H. Smith, MD, FAAPMR – from US Physiatry in Seattle, WA
  • Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, FAAPMR – NYU/Rusk Rehabilitation in New York, NY

How to Manage Chronic Pain and Opioids in an Outpatient Setting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally recorded April 15, 2020

Physiatrists are at the forefront of treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions and are frequently asked to manage pain as a method of improving function in inpatient and outpatient settings. Given the current environment and the inability to see patients, join our webinar discussion to hear how a few experts are managing their patients with chronic pain and those that need opioids.  

Panelists include:

  • Andrew S. Friedman, MD, FAAPMR – from Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA
  • Ameet Nagpal, MD, MD, MEd, FAAPMR – from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX
  • Saloni Sharma, MD, FAAPMR – from Rothman Orthopaedics in Bryn Mawr, PA 
  • Steven P. Stanos, Jr., DO, FAAPMR – from Swedish Medical Group in Seattle, WA

Telehealth/Telemedicine Live Q&A: Get Your Telehealth Questions Answered by Our Regulatory & Physiatry Experts

Originally recorded April 16, 2020

You asked, we’re delivering! Our previous webinars about telemedicine prompted several questions from attendees on what has changed in the telemedicine space, what is allowed, and what isn’t clear regarding regulations. Join this webinar to get your questions answered live by our regulatory and physiatry experts. 

Panelists include:

  • Thiru M. Annaswamy, MD, MA, FAAPMR – from Dallas VA Med Center in Dallas, TX
  • Cindy Moon, MPP, MPH – from Hart Health Strategies in Washington, DC
  • Andrew L. Sherman, MD, FAAPMR – from UHEALTH, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami FL
  • Deborah A. Venesy, MD, FAAPMR – from Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH 

PM&R Recruitment, Job Placement, and Supplementing Income During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally recorded April 20, 2020

Despite millions of jobs being affected due to COVID-19, recruiting is still taking place. Join this panel discussion to hear from PM&R recruiters who will provide insights into what is happening with job placements. Plenty of time will be left for you to get your questions answered!

Panelists include:

  • Randy Awni – Co-Founder of Miner/Mason & Associates in Los Angeles, CA
  • Marc Duerden, MD, CIME, FAAPMR – from Indiana Medical Examinations in Indianapolis, IN
  • Tony Stajduhar – President of Jackson Physician Group in Alpharetta, GA

The Science Behind COVID-19 and What PM&R Can Expect: A Discussion with Dr. Sandro Cinti, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist

Originally recorded April 21, 2020

During this webinar, Dr. Cinti will provide the latest science behind the virus, the populations being infected, transmission modes, outcomes, testing, and treatment. He will also answer questions on what PM& will expect to see in rehabilitation patients that survive.

Panelists include:

  • Sandro Cinti, MD – Infectious Disease Specialist at the University of Michigan Hospital System/Ann Arbor VA Health System
  • Joseph E. Hornyak, IV, MD, PhD, FAAPMR – from the University of Michigan PM&R Program in Ann Arbor, MI

Spasticity Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally recorded April 22, 2020

Physiatrists are at the forefront of spasticity management and need to have an in-depth understanding of spasticity and its impact on patients. Given the current environment and the inability to see patients, join this webinar discussion to hear how a few experts are managing their patients and assessing the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options during this crisis.

Panelists include:

  • Reza Farid, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO
  • Michael C. Munin, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michael F. Saulino, MD, FAAPMR –  from MossRehab Physical Medicine Associates in Elkins Park, PA
  • Andrea P. Toomer, MD, FAAPMR –  from Culicchia Neurological Clinic in Marrero, LA

Coping with Uncertainty and Leveraging Resilience During COVID-19

Originally recorded April 24, 2020

Join Kevin Alschuler, PhD, a rehabilitation psychologist from the University of Washington, for a 20-minute presentation on how to build and use resilience to cope in the best ways possible in the face of COVID-19 challenges, including work/life balance and anxiety about future uncertainties. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A to tailor the content to your questions and interests.

Practical Tips on How to Treat COVID-19+ Patients while Adhering to CDC Guidelines

Originally recorded April 29, 2020

Join this discussion to hear how three institutions in COVID-19 hotspots are dealing with COVID-19 positive patients on their inpatient rehab units. You'll hear practical tips on how to treat these individuals while also adhering to the CDC guidelines on how to keep yourself, your patients, and their families safe.

Panelists include:

  • Deborah A. Crane, MD, MPH, FAAPMR – from the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA
  • Michelle S. Gittler, MD, FAAPMR – from Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital & Care Network in Chicago, IL
  • Brian S.H Im, MD – from New York University School of Medicine PM&R Program in New York, NY
  • Ny-Ying Lam, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA

Concussion and Mild TBI Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally recorded April 30, 2020

Physiatrists are at the forefront of concussion and mild TBI management and need to have an in-depth understanding of these clinical areas and its impact on patients. Given the current environment and the inability to see patients, join this webinar discussion to hear how a few experts are managing their patients and assessing the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options during this crisis. 

Panelists include:

  • Kathleen R. Bell, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School PM&R Program in Dallas, TX
  • Jason De Luigi, DO, FAAPMR – from Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Aaron M. Karlin, MD, FAAPMR – from Ochsner Clinic – Ochsner Children's Health Center in New Orleans, LA
  • Ross D. Zafonte, DO, FAAPMR – from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School PM&R Program in Charlestown, MA

How PM&R Private Practices are Thinking about Re-Opening

Originally recorded May 5, 2020

A few weeks ago we heard from private practice members about their experience in laying off or furloughing staff, whether or not they applied for a small business loan, and how they began ramping up telemedicine efforts. We are catching up with a few of those members on how they are doing now and what their plans are for preparing to re-open their practices. Join this webinar to hear if they received loans, how patient visits are going, how their office culture has changed, and what specific plans they are working on for when they can slowly re-open.

Panelists include:

  • Larry H. Chou, MD, FAAPMR – from Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in Havertown, PA
  • Mehul J. Desai, MD, MPH, FAAPMR – from International Spine, Pain and Performance Center in Washington, DC
  • Stuart J. Glassman, MD, MBA, FAAPMR – from Granite Physiatry in Concord, NH
  • Annie D. Purcell, DO, FAAPMR – from Redding Spine and Sports Medicine in Redding, CA

Ethics, Disability, and Trust: Closing the Gap in PM&R's COVID-19 Response

Originally recorded May 6, 2020

Join leading experts as they discuss the challenges of vulnerability, trust, and balancing duty to the profession through COVID-19. They will explore the unique contextual challenges of care ethics in opposition to utilitarian public health ethics, discuss the social, cultural, and medical (mis)trust of people with disabilities during the pandemic, provide examples of how trust and vulnerability are impacted at the bedside, and then answer questions from participants.

Panelists include:

  • Cheri A. Blauwet, MD, FAAPMR – from Harvard Medical School in Charlestown, MA
  • Rebecca Brashler, LCSW, HEC-C – from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, IL
  • Kristi L. Kirschner, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, IL
  • Debjani Mukherjee, PhD, HEC-C – from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY

Optimizing Your Outpatient TeleRehab Visit

Originally recorded May 7, 2020

Telerehabilitation is here to stay. After a recent publication in the PM&R Journal on how to conduct a telerehabilitation visit, we invite you to hear from a few of the authors on their approach to optimizing visits with patients. Learn what specific assessments are optimal for telerehabilitation, understand what pitfalls to avoid in conducting a telerehabilitation visit, and ask your questions on how telerehabilitation will evolve the practice of PM&R.

Panelists include:

  • Allison C. Bean, MD, PhD – from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rebecca N. Tapia, MD, FAAPMR – from UT Health San Antonio in San Antonio, TX
  • Adam S. Tenforde, MD, FAAPMR – from Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA
  • Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR – from UT Health San Antonio in San Antonio, TX

Rehabilitation of Patients with COVID-19 in the Acute Care Setting

Originally recorded May 14, 2020

A panel from Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health will discuss their experiences and share practical strategies to enhance the inpatient care of COVID-19 patients. The panel will address the need for departmental strategic planning in the setting of a complex health organization, departmental reorganization, and physician re-deployment. They will also discuss early mobilization, care of the patient on ECMO, value of proning, management of patients with tracheotomy, and progression of therapy intensity. Lastly, the panel will talk about patient disposition planning and guidelines for admission to the inpatient rehabilitation setting.

Panelists include:

  • John R. Corcoran, PT, DPT, MS, Cert MDT, Acute Care Site Director, Rehabilitation Services
  • Jeffrey S. Fine, MD, FAAPMR, Vice Chair Network Development, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Steven R. Flanagan, MD, FAAPMR, Chair, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Brian S.H. Im, MD, Director, Brain Injury Rehab. Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, FAAPMR, Vice Chair Clinical Operations, Rusk Rehab Dept.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Requirements for Patients with COVID-19: The Role of the Physiatrist in Transitioning Patients from Inpatient Care to Outpatient Rehab

Originally recorded May 20, 2020

Join this webinar to learn about the role of physiatrists in transitioning patients surviving COVID-19 to outpatient rehabilitation services. The panel will discuss their experiences and share practical strategies to enhance the outpatient care of COVID-19 patients. Novel approaches to outpatient care delivery including transitional care management, telehealth physiatrist consultation, and telehealth therapy services will be discussed. The specific needs of patients surviving COVID-19 will be reviewed including: pulmonary rehab, neuro-rehab, and neuromuscular rehab. Strategies to re-open outpatient physiatry and therapy clinics will be addressed.

Panelists include:

  • Alex Moroz, MD, FAAPMR, Vice Chair Education, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Greg J. Sweeny, DPT, Director of Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Monica Tietsworth, MBA, CMPE, Department Administrator, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Lyn D. Weiss, MD, FAAPMR, Chair, Rehab Rusk NYU Winthrop
  • Jonathan H. Whiteson MD, FAAPMR, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Rusk Rehab Dept.

The Senate Passed the Paycheck Protection Program Reform Bill – What Does This Mean For Your Practice?

Originally recorded June 4, 2020

On Wednesday, June 3, the Senate passed legislation giving thousands of small businesses greater access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Join tonight's webinar to hear the latest developments and discuss with your colleagues about how these changes might impact you and your practice.

Disclaimer: Views expressed during this webinar are those of the panelists and their current understanding of topics they will be discussing, and do not express the views or opinions of their employers or the Academy. Attendees are encouraged to visit the appropriate government or organizational websites for up-to-date information. Please consult legal or financial professionals regarding specific concerns or questions.

Panelists include:

  • Barry Dorans – Attorney, Wolcott Rivers Gates Attorneys at law
  • Steven Gershon, MD, FAAPMR – from Gershon Pain Specialists in Virginia Beach, VA
  • Stuart J. Glassman, MD, MBA, FAAPMR – from Granite Physiatry in Concord, NH

The Importance of Rehabilitation During and After the ICU Stay: Mitigating Negative Outcomes in COVID-19 Patients

Originally recorded July 29, 2020

An expert panel representing the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) have teamed up for this webcast discussion. They will cover the importance of rehabilitation during and after the ICU stay, including strategies for effective transitions across the continuum of care. Once these teams discuss their experiences, challenges, successes, and strategies, they will take questions from the audience.


Panelists include:

  • Aaron E. Bunnell, MD, FAAPMR, University of Washington
  • Laura E. Evans, MD, MSc, University of Washington
  • Dale M. Needham, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • April D. Pruski, MD, FAAPMR, Johns Hopkins University
  • Joanna L. Stollings, PharmD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Originally recorded February 10, 2021

In early January 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released initial guidance for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. During this webinar, experts on the PPP loan program will provide an overview of the second round of the program.

•    Steven L. Gershon, MD, FAAPMR – Gershon Pain Specialists
•    Stuart J. Glassman, MD, MBA, FAAPMR – Granite Physiatry
•    Barry Dorans – Attorney at Law, Wolcott Rivers Gates


Unpacking the Anti-Kickback and Stark Reforms and How They Promote Value Based Care

Originally recorded February 11, 2021

On November 20, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two rules that finalize reforms to several regulations governing fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Reviewed during this webinar are the newly finalized protections for value-based arrangements, as well as other important changes across a broad range of areas—from simplifying compliance to clarifying and redefining foundational concepts

Panelists include

  • Robert Jasak, Esq.: Disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
  • Cindy H. Moon, MPP, MPH: Board member, Semler Scientific.
  • Segun Dawodu, MD, MBA, JD: Disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Questions and Answers

We received several questions during our March 31-April 2 webinars and have answered a variety of them in this document. If you have additional questions or comments please email