New AHRQ Systematic Reviews on Rehabilitation and Pain Management Now Available

Members & Publications

November 11, 2021

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has completed evidence reviews for various issues of interest to the specialty: 

Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation for Major Joint Replacement
(Systematic Review, released on November 3, 2021)

This systematic review evaluates the rehabilitation interventions for patients who have undergone (or will undergo) total knee arthroplasty or total hip arthroplasty for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Integrated and Comprehensive Pain Management Programs: Effectiveness and Harms
(Systematic Review, released on October 29, 2021)

The review evaluates the effectiveness and harms of pain management programs that are based on the biopsychosocial model of care, particularly in the Medicare population.

Living Systematic Review on Cannabis and Other Plant-Based Treatments for Chronic Pain
(Systematic Review, released on October 27, 2021)

The review evaluates the evidence on benefits and harms of cannabinoids and similar plant-based compounds to treat chronic pain.



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.