Bylaws Amendment Change

Members & Publications

February 28, 2022

At the 2021 Annual Business Meeting held virtually on November 13, voting members approved the recommendation to increase the AAPM&R’s Awards Committee composition by increasing the members-at-large from two to “up to five” for the purpose of expanding, diversifying and strengthening this selection committee. At the Business Meeting, it was suggested from the floor that the Board consider establishing a minimum number of members-at-large for the Awards Committee. The Board heard and considered this member feedback.

The Board of Governors plans to adjust the Awards Committee composition from “up to five members at-large” to “not less than two and up to five members-at-large.” In accordance with the Bylaws, the Board of Governors is opening up a comment period before they confirm this minor revision/clarification at their March 31-April 3, 2022 meeting.

Copied below, please find the proposed adjusted language in context. If you have comments or questions, you are invited and encouraged to contact the Board of Governors at


Section E. Standing Advisory Committees. The Academy shall have the following standing advisory committees:

2. Awards Committee. The Awards Committee shall consist of the Academy Vice President, who shall be the Chair, a past President at least four (4) years removed, and not less than two (2) and up to five (5) Members-at-Large appointed by the current President. If, during any annual period, no past President at least four (4) years removed is available or willing to serve on the Awards Committee, the current President may appoint an individual to serve during said annual period. The Awards Committee shall screen all candidates for Academy awards and Honorary membership and make recommendations to the Board in accordance with the Academy’s policies and procedures. Members of the Awards Committee shall be provided with the rules, qualifications, and procedures governing the awards they will consider.


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.