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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 27, 2017
Mr. Cassidy introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the role of podiatrists in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
VA Provider Equity Act.
Role of podiatrists in Department of Veterans Affairs
Inclusion as physician
Subchapter I of chapter 74 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Treatment of podiatrists; clinical oversight standards
Except as provided by subsection (b), a doctor of podiatric medicine who is appointed as a podiatrist under section 7401(1) of this title is eligible for any supervisory position in the Veterans Health Administration to the same degree that a physician appointed under such section is eligible for the position.
Establishment of clinical oversight standards
The Secretary, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, shall establish standards to ensure that specialists appointed in the Veterans Health Administration to supervisory positions do not provide direct clinical oversight for purposes of peer review or practice evaluation for providers of other clinical specialties.
The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 74 of such title is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 7412 the following new item:
7413. Treatment of podiatrists; clinical oversight standards.
Modification and clarification of pay grade
The list in section 7404(b) of such title is amended—
PHYSICIAN AND DENTIST SCHEDULEand inserting
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON (MD/DO), PODIATRIC SURGEON (DPM), AND DENTIST AND ORAL SURGEON (DDS, DMD) SCHEDULE;
Physician gradeand inserting
Physician and surgeon grade; and
PODIATRIST, CHIROPRACTOR, ANDand inserting
The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to a pay period of the Department of Veterans Affairs beginning on or after the date that is 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.