The House and Senate recently approved the VA Provider Equity Act as part of the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) Act. The act will update the status of podiatrists in the VA system for the first time since 1976, according to American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) President Dennis R. Frisch, DPM. President Trump signed the act into law in June.
“Our profession—our education, training and experience—has changed dramatically in the past 42 years and the provisions in APMA’s VA Provider Equity Act, passed as part of the MISSION Act, reflect those changes,” says Dr. Frisch. “Podiatrists within the VA will now be part of the same pay band as their allopathic and osteopathic colleagues. They will have access to new leadership opportunities.”