The US Department of Defense (DoD) released a proposed rule on April 8 allowing podiatrists to prescribe physical therapy or occupational therapy (OT/PT) services under the TRICARE program. For the past several years, APMA has advocated to fix TRICARE regulations that prohibit podiatrists from prescribing or referring patients to OT/PT. APMA worked closely with military podiatrists and the office of Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM, and repeatedly communicated directly with TRICARE officials on the need to update this and other outdated regulations.
APMA was successful in 2014 in updating TRICARE rules that limited DPMs’ ability to prescribe durable medical equipment. This latest proposed rule is yet another example of APMA advocating behalf of podiatrists and their ability to provide necessary care to America’s military service members and their families.
APMA will submit formal written comments during the 60-day commenting period, and we encourage members and other stakeholders to submit comments supporting this proposed rule.