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The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), the premier professional association for rehabilitation physicians, also known as physiatrists, is seeking an experienced government affairs professional with a thorough understanding of current and proposed healthcare legislation and regulations to serve as Manager, Physician Payment and Practice Innovation.

AAPM&R serves more than 9,000 board certified physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (one of 24 ABMS certified board-certified medical specialties). PM&R physicians are nerve, muscle, bone and brain experts who treat injury or illness non-surgically to decrease pain and restore function. Representing approximately 70 percent of all rehabilitation physicians, AAPM&R is a leader in helping PM&R physicians acquire the continuing education, practice, knowledge, leadership skills and research findings needed to provide quality patient care.

AAPM&R serves its member physicians by advancing the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, promoting excellence in physical medicine and rehabilitation practice and advocating on public policy issues and overall health-care delivery.  The organization seeks to ensure that its members are essential in the evolving healthcare environment, that it serves as their primary resource for professional development and that it is a public policy advocate for its members and those served by the specialty.

Located in Rosemont, a Chicago suburb, AAPM&R has an operating budget of $12M and a staff of 42.

Hybrid schedule with 2 days required in the  Rosemont, IL office.


A forward-thinking health care association professional with experience in equipping physicians for payment and practice transformation. Serves as staff liaison for the Innovative Payment and Practice Models Committee, engaging in advocacy and member education related to value-based care and alternative payment models. Leads the Academy’s work in telehealth, specifically in implementation and exploration of future directions. Advocates for members, including PM&R physicians in private practice, by interfacing with payors and regulators and offering payment and coverage support to members.

Position Responsibilities:

Innovative Payment and Practice Models Committee (35%)

  • Serves as a staff liaison to the Innovative Payment and Practice Models Committee. Liaison duties include establishing annual priorities, recruiting members, reviewing and synthesizing Committee deliverables and background materials, engaging in regulatory advocacy, fostering ongoing communication with members and relevant stakeholders, planning in person meetings and conference calls, setting meeting agendas, preparing minutes, and budgets.
  • Promotes collaboration where appropriate with other medical specialties, regulatory bodies, payers, and other key stakeholders. Represents the Academy at meetings with regulatory agencies as well as with partnering medical specialties.
  • Performs research and analysis of payment model-related proposals, regulatory documents, articles, clinical practice guidelines, etc. to help set the Academy’s advocacy agenda and priorities.

Telehealth Efforts (25%)

  • Manages the Academy’s efforts related to telehealth, including facilitation of the upcoming Telehealth Technology Summit, regulatory advocacy, and member education.
  • Performs research and analysis of telehealth-related regulatory and legislative documents, articles, etc. to help set the Academy’s advocacy agenda and priorities.

Health Policy Department Responsibilities (20%)

  • Leads the development and dissemination of member education deliverables, such as news articles or webinars, related to telehealth, value-based care and payment innovation, pain management, and payor policy.
  • Drafts member communications, correspondence, position statements, updates to committees and the Board of Governors, and talking points. Regularly provides relevant updates in the Academy’s member-facing online and print publications.
  • Serves as a contributing member of the HPPS team, providing support to the Reimbursement and Policy Review Committee, Health Policy, Practice, and Advocacy Committee, and Practice Management Strategic Planning Committee as needed.

Pain Management Work (10%)

  • Serves as the health policy lead on pain management including developing position statements and comment letters on issues impacting PM&R physicians and patients and serving as the Academy’s staff liaison to relevant external workgroups including the AMA Substance Abuse and Pain Care Task Force.

Payor Policy Advocacy (10%)

  • Provides payment policy support to Academy members, to include payor relations, payment policy advocacy, and payment policy education.
  • Responds to coding and billing inquiries from Academy members.
  • Responds to coverage inquiries and requests from industry. 

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health policy, health care economics, public health or public policy related field. Master’s degree in relevant field a plus.
  • Minimum of three and preferably five or more years of direct experience in a health care field preferably with a medical specialty society, hospital, rehabilitation organization, or health insurance company.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills and the ability to prioritize, balance, and coordinate multiple projects and effectively plan and execute meetings.
  • Experience with telehealth, physician reimbursement and value-based care.
  • Experience with reviewing medical insurance policies and familiarity with AMA CPT® coding.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to convey complex financial and healthcare material clearly and accurately.
  • Self-motivated with proven interpersonal and team skills, including the ability to work productively with physicians and colleagues from other organizations.
  • Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Internet navigation.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required.
  • Capability to effectively collaborate within and across departments in order to achieve both departmental and organizational goals.
  • Maintains high professional standards of integrity, ethics, and commitment to the goals of AAPM&R.
  • Travel – 5% annually.
  • Position includes occasional evening conference calls and weekend meetings.
  • Hybrid schedule with 2 days required in the Rosemont, IL office.

AAPM&R offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package.


This search is being conducted by Mary McMahon, Tuft & Associates. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter electronically, using one of these options:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email a cover letter and resume to Mary McMahon, cbabjak@tuftassoc.com.

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Job CategoryOpen
LocationRosemont, IL