Cuomo Signs Legislation to Improve Podiatric Care
August 22, 2012
By Stephanie West
Governor Cuomo has signed landmark legislation on August 20, 2012 that expands podiatric services and improves the quality of patient care for New Yorkers.
Until now, New York was one of six states that significantly limit the practice of podiatry. Advancements in the study and medical training around podiatry, however, called for New York’s definition of the practice to be expanded. Conventional medicine recognizes that many conditions of the foot originate in the soft tissue above the ankle bone. This is reflected in the training that is currently provided in the New York State College of Podiatric Medicine and in New York podiatric residency programs. With scope of practice expansion, the practice of podiatry is now consistent with the skills of the practitioners.
The measure, which amends Section 7001 of the Education Law, is a progressive public policy victory that will improve the health and quality of life for thousands of New Yorkers, particularly those living with diabetes mellitus. Early detection and treatment of diabetic-related lower extremity conditions will also help to contain Medicaid costs going forward.
"We are pleased that New York will now join 44 states in refining the definition of podiatry in order to reflect the medical education relating to the treatment of malfunctions in the foot. This refinement will improve patients’ access to a fuller array of healthcare services and practitioners while assuring a greater quality of care," said New York State Podiatric Medical Association President, Gary Stones.