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10/03/2017    Steven Kravitz, DPM

RE: VA Provider Equity Act Introduced in the Senate (Jeffrey Robbins, DPM)

The Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing,
continues supporting VA Podiatric Parity. On,
July 27, 2017 the APWH sent letter of support to
the, Chairman House Committee on Veterans
Affairs, Subcommittee on Health supporting his
amendment, HR 1058, known as the VA Provider
Equity Act. The bill provides provision to raise
salaries of podiatrists to be equivalent with
that of other physicians.

Last year, May 31, 2016 APWH submitted a letter
in support of Bill S. 2175 which also proposed
parity for podiatric and allopathic physicians.
At that time it had passed vote in the house and
was waiting for the Senate vote where failed by a
very small margin.

It should be noted that the American Orthopedic
Society (AAOS) in 2016 drafted a letter not
supporting VA parity thru S. 2175. APWH
responded to the 2016 AAOS letter to CMS with a
very solid argument a very good rationale as to
why passage of the bill and equal pay for
podiatric and allopathic should be adopted. It’s
very pleasing to know that currently that
position has been reversed by the AAOS which has
also sent their letter in support of
Representative Brad Wenstrup’s 2017 amendment,
currently known as HR 1050.

The Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH)
is the only organization in the US directing all
of its resources for legislative activities that
affect all wound care physicians, DPM, MD, and
DO. For copies of the letters referenced above or
for additional information on the Academy go to
APWH.org

The above has excerpted from APWH membership
Newsletter, September 20, 2017

Steven Kravitz, DPM, Winston-Salem area, NC

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