NIH: Applications Needed for COVID-19, Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Members & Publications

May 10, 2021

To all researchers in the disability and rehabilitation field: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), especially the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), is seeking applications for research into the nexus of COVID-19, disability and rehabilitation. NCMRR has released several Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) in the past weeks and months, and yet has not received a high volume of applications from the field. NIH is looking to fund these critical areas of research, but they need your help!

AAPM&R strongly encourages all researchers to consider developing and submitting applications to NIH in the following areas:

  • Research to address the rehabilitation needs of survivors of COVID-19,
  • Research to understand the impact of disruptions to rehabilitation services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated mitigation actions, and
  • Research to understand the social, behavioral, economic, and health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated mitigation actions on people with physical disabilities.
  • Research on the mechanisms of and treatment for post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC), or “Long COVID,” especially on those with preexisting disabilities or new long-term or permanent disability as a result of Long COVID.

Further details can be found via NIH here: Research on Rehabilitation Needs Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic (NOT-HD-20-031); Notice of Intent to Publish ROAs for the NIH PASC Initiative. AAPM&R has worked closely with the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) to ensure that NIH places appropriate emphasis on research needs regarding disability, rehabilitation, and COVID – now the field must respond in turn. 

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.