Opportunity to Submit Scientific Information to AHRQ Regarding Plant-based Treatment for Chronic Pain

Members & Publications

November 4, 2020

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the protocol for Living Systematic Review on Plant-based Treatment for Chronic Pain. The purpose of this systematic review is to assess the effectiveness and harms of plant-based treatments for chronic pain conditions.

AHRQ is interested in receiving unpublished scientific information relevant to this topic via the Supplemental Evidence and Data for Systematic Reviews (SEADS) portal by December 1, 2020.

The protocol describes the purpose and scope of the review, the key questions, and inclusion/exclusion criteria about what types of studies will be included. Materials submitted cannot be confidential, as they may be made public.

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.