New Scope of Practice Resource: Comparison of U.S. Education and Training for Physiatrists and Other Healthcare Providers

Members & Publications

September 13, 2021

With the increase in non-physician efforts to expand their scope of practice and practice authority through legislation, exemplified by the widespread use of the term Doctor by non-physicians, patients may believe that they are receiving care from a physician (Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) even when this is not the case. Your Academy has published a resource, a “Comparison of U.S. Education and training for Physiatrists and Other Healthcare Providers” chart, to clarify the difference in U.S. education and training for physiatrists and common professions in healthcare that use the term Doctor.

AAPM&R will continue to support efforts to improve truth in advertising for the provision of physical medicine and rehabilitation services and has provided this resource for members to use in their local advocacy efforts. Click here to learn more about what your Academy is doing to defend physiatrists' scope of practice.

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.