Opportunity to Participate in CMS Webinar on Pain Management

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August 10, 2020

CMS is inviting health care providers to participate in an upcoming webinar on pain management.

Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Study Listening Session

Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

Register Here

The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) outlines national strategies to help address the nation’s opioid crisis. As provided by the SUPPORT Act, the Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Study will provide CMS important information about treatment and outcomes and help explain the roles of behavioral health, specialty care integration, care planning, health disparities in pain, opioid use, and opioid use disorders treatment. This study, established in honor of the physiatrist, Dr. Graham, will also inform clinicians and health care systems knowledge about multimodal pain care options in outpatient and inpatient settings to effectively treat Medicare patients with acute or chronic pain, including complementary care, analgesic medications, and medical devices. 

We encourage you to join and share your feedback with CMS on the following:  

  • What evidence-based treatments, technologies, and models should Medicare cover that it currently does not?
  • What barriers impede Medicare clinicians and beneficiaries from utilizing non-opioid treatments and technologies to help treat acute and chronic pain?
  • How can Medicare improve care for beneficiaries with pain who have a current or past history of mental or substance use disorder(s) or are at higher risk for these conditions, including people at increased suicide risk?
  • How has the COVID-19 public health emergency, including federal waivers and other flexibilities, impacted your ability to treat pain in Medicare beneficiaries and their access to pain treatment?


Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.