Long COVID Initiative Updates: March 16, 2022

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March 16, 2022

AAPM&R will provide consistent updates on our advocacy outreach efforts, the Multi-Disciplinary PASC Collaborative and other relevant information on our Long COVID initiative.

AAPM&R Influences Letter from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

In our March 4 announcement regarding the White House National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, we also announced that there was newly introduced legislation and attention on Capitol Hill that we endorsed in line with our Long COVID call to action. Specifically, that we are a key stakeholder informing Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley's Long COVID efforts, including a Dear Colleague letter to support funding in the next COVID-19 relief package for Long COVID education, treatment and data collection.

On March 8, that letter was released with 24 signatures in support of this funding. We worked with Congresswoman Pressley's office on this letter and encouraged members of Congress to sign on. We are continuing to work with Congresswoman Pressley as she works to bring further attention to this dire issue in Congress. Learn more.

Long-Term Health Effects Stemming from COVID-19 and Implications for the SSA: A Workshop Next Week

Several members of our PASC Collaborative will be speaking during the "Long-Term Health Effects Stemming from COVID-19 and Implications for the SSA: A Workshop" webinar being held on March 21 and 22 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This two-day virtual workshop will examine long-term and potentially disabling health effects stemming from COVID-19 and how they might impact survivors' ability to work. Learn more and register.

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.