The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) has released a webcast in which General Counsel Peter Thomas, JD, requests that comments be submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opposing the VA’s proposed rule to eliminate the choice veterans with amputations have in selecting a VA prosthetist/
For more than 50 years, the VA has contracted with private practitioners to provide timely and quality O&P care to veterans with limb loss. The VA issued the proposed rule in October that would reverse this long-standing VA practice by insisting that the administration has the sole authority to determine if a veteran can receive care from a private, VA-contracted O&P practitioner. The proposal runs counter to the key tenets of the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to access VA-funded health care services in the private sector, according to NAAOP.
To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov/comment?D=VA-2017-VHA-0023-0003.