AAPM&R Responds to Louisiana Bill Seeking to Restrict Certain Physicians from Performing Select Spine Procedures

Members & Publications

May 11, 2022

Yesterday, we responded to a concerning state bill seeking to restrict certain physicians from performing select spine procedures. Louisiana House Bill 941 proposes to only allow physicians who have completed a residency in orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery to perform certain procedures of the spine. Read our letter to the Louisiana Health and Welfare Committee in opposition to this bill.

As of today, May 11, the Health and Welfare Committee voted to voluntarily defer the bill to allow for additional study of the issues. We will continue to monitor and keep members updated.

It is the position of the AAPM&R that physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists with adequate procedural training can safely and effectively perform interventional diagnostic and therapeutic pain and minimally invasive spinal procedures.

While AAPM&R supports patient access to safe, high-quality health care, we are concerned that this bill may result in unintended consequences that restricts the practice of qualified physicians and limits patient access to less invasive, but effective, alternative interventional spine procedures. AAPM&R is further concerned with state legislative efforts to broadly delineate which medical procedures and treatments qualified physicians are competent to perform.

AAPM&R also supported a coalition letter to the Louisiana Health and Welfare Committee in opposition HB 941. The Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 11, at 9 am CT to discuss this bill. AAPM&R will continue to actively monitor the progress of this legislation.


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.