Advancing PM&R BOLD Progress: Defining & Promoting

Members & Publications

November 7, 2022


Once the PM&R BOLD vision was defined in 2017, AAPM&R went straight to work to make it a reality. Committees and volunteer leaders aligned their work with the advancement of the specialty. AAPM&R is proud to highlight recent progress published in the October issue of PM&R that will help define and promote our specialty and position PM&R for success.

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine Core Services

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine (CRM) is a unique and rapidly-growing field. PM&R physicians offer so much to the world of oncological care and the ability to greatly improve the quality-of-life for patients before, during and after cancer treatments. Outlining the CRM core services is a way to define this growing subspecialty and can be used as a basis to promote the value of PM&R-led oncological rehabilitation. View more in the October issue of PM&R.

Musculoskeletal Care and Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine Core Curricula

As a part of advancing the specialty aligned with the vision, AAPM&R volunteers created curricula in the Musculoskeletal Care and Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine practice areas. The curricula were developed as an overview of competencies currently favored for the performance and training of PM&R and to serve as a guide to published references and educational resources available to the physiatrists. The documents are meant to augment rather than supplant the role program and fellowship directors and faculty play in the training of physiatrists. By providing information about training benchmarks, AAPM&R hopes to improve the teaching and performance of physiatrists and address any new educational needs identified for future models of care. View the CRM curriculum and MSK curriculum in the October issue of PM&R and also at

Thank you to the volunteers involved in creating these resources, including the PM&R BOLD Steering Committee, Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine workgroup, Musculoskeletal Care workgroup, Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Medical Education Committee.


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.