The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association announced it is reviewing a proposed rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Oct. 16 Federal Register.
The proposed rule intends to “reorganize and update the current regulations related to prosthetic and rehabilitative items, primarily to clarify eligibility for prosthetic and other rehabilitative items and services, and to define the types of items and services to eligible veterans,” according to an AOPA press release.
AOPA noted a specific provision in the proposal “that is of immediate concern.” The provision of the propose rule details how prosthetic, orthotic and other rehabilitative services will be delivered to veterans.
AOPA noted that the language in the provision, if finalized, will “significantly restrict” the ability of a veteran to see the VA-contracted provider of their choice for O&P care and “must be addressed immediately.”
“AOPA, its board of directors and its VA committee are reviewing this proposed change to VA policy regarding veteran provider choice and the intent of the Veteran’s Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which empowered veterans to take a more active role in assuring their ability to receive convenient and timely care, whether through the VA directly or through the private sector,” according to the release.
AOPA members were instructed to look for future instructions on how they can “engage and mobilize patients on this important new proposed direction for prosthetic and orthotic care for veterans.”