ABPM President to Testify For Podiatric Parity in the VA
Monday, May 1, 2017
May 2 at 2 p.m. EDT, American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) President Steve Goldman, DPM, will testify 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, and to contact your legislators about the bill, visit http://apmaeadvocacy.org/SitePages/Homepage.aspx.
Dr. Goldman is one of several physicians asked to speak on behalf of podiatrists. Seth Rubenstein, DPM, APMA treasurer, is testifying on behalf of APMA. Also testifying is 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.