Orthopedic Surgeons Support VA Provider Equity Act


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) indicated their support for APMA's VA Provider Equity Act bill in a letter to its primary sponsor, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH).

Rep. Wenstrup, along with APMA leadership, has spent significant time with AAOS and AOFAS, working to eliminate those societies' objections to the legislation. In the words of the letter of support signed by the presidents of AAOS and AOFAS, the VA Provider Equity Act would "increase access to foot and ankle care for Veterans by improving recruitment and retention within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of highly qualified podiatrists. The amendment accomplishes this by raising salaries for podiatrists and allowing podiatrists access to appropriate leadership positions at the VA. Podiatrists are an essential part of the care team at the VA and work alongside orthopaedic surgeons every day to provide excellent service to veterans."

The bill passed unanimously out of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The next step is to send the bill to the floor of the House of Representatives under consent for passage in the house, likely after the August recess.

CPMA and APMA will provide ongoing updates about the progress of this vital legislation.

(Source: APMA [7/24/2017])