Washington, D.C. On May 2, at 2:00 p.m. ET American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) President Steve Goldman, DPM, testified before the VA House Committee, Subcommittee on Health about key legislation that would help to address ongoing delays in access to quality care at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
The VA Provider Equity Act (HR-1058) would benefit our nation’s veterans through improved, ongoing recruitment and retention of podiatric physicians in the VHA and would ensure sufficient experienced podiatric physicians are available to treat patients with lower extremity needs.
“This bill reflects significant advancement in the education, training, and licensure requirements for podiatric physicians over the past 40 years,” said Dr. Goldman. “Podiatrists deserve parity within the VHA, and our patients deserve the proven benefits of the best-trained experts in lower extremity care as part of their health care team.”
There is overwhelming support from VA chiefs of staff and chief medical officers for a legislative remedy to include DPMs in the Physician and Dentist Pay Authority. For more information on the bill, please visit the ABPM or APMA websites.
“The number of disabled veterans enrolled in the VHA is increasing, and they have more comorbidity and more psychosocial and socioeconomic issues than non-veterans,” said APMA President Ira H. Kraus, DPM. “We need to do better in serving this vulnerable and deserving population.”
Dr. Goldman was one of several physicians asked to speak on behalf of podiatrists. Others included: Jeffrey Robbins, DPM, Director of the Veterans Health Administration Headquarters Podiatry Services and Chief of the Podiatry Section at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and Seth Rubenstein, DPM, APMA treasurer.
The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) is the only board recognized by the Joint Committee on the Recognition of Specialty Boards (JCRSB) to certify in podiatric orthopedics and primary podiatric medicine, the specialty area that represents a significant portion of care in most podiatric practices. Established in 1978, ABPM strives to protect the health and welfare of the public through this ongoing process of evaluation and podiatric certification, providing trusted validation of expertise to hospitals, credentialing bodies and insurance panels. For more information please visit www.ABPMed.org .
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation’s leading professional organization for today’s podiatrists. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of nearly 13,000 podiatrists. All practicing APMA members are licensed by the state in which they practice podiatric medicine. For more information, visit www.apma.org .
See Dr. Goldman speak about his testimony here: Video (70MB .mov)
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