APMA, ADA, IHS and SALSA Testify for Diabetic Foot Services in Arizona

It was a united front advocating on behalf of the most needy citizens of Arizona in the state capitol today where top physicians, activists and policymakers testifyed on behalf of podiatry's inclusion in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). The program is undergoing extensive cuts, and podiatric foot care services are on the chopping block. “Cost cuts shouldn't mean cost shifts.” noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).  “Our SALSA service, in less than one year, has dramatically reduced the number of amputations in our facility. Without access to AHCCCS, our patients will not get the preventative or urgent care they need. We will most certainly again see a rise in amputations– which is unfortunately covered by every insurance plan.” Also providing strong and pointed testimony were Kathleen Stone, President-Elect of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Jeff Pawlowski, President of the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association, Jeff Leonetti, President of the Arizona State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners and Suzanne Miller, Director for Program Initiatives at the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The Indian Health Service and others also sent delegates and individual beneficiaries to this public hearing. The state of Arizona is slated to take up the matter at the end of the month. 

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