|Pennsylvania Becomes Eleventh State to Enact Pedorthic Licensure Requirements|
Pennsylvania Becomes Eleventh State to Enact Pedorthic Licensure Requirements to Enhance the Quality of Patient Care in the Commonwealth
The Pennsylvania Orthotic and Prosthetic Society (POPS) applauds the General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett for approving House Bill 48 (HB 48), which amends the Medical Practice Act to provide for licensure of prosthetists, orthotists, pedorthists and orthotic fitters in Pennsylvania. The new law sets standards of professional conduct and requires practitioners to fulfill educational and training requirements and will greatly increase the quality of care given to patients in these fields.
POPS would especially like to thank Representative Mario Scavello, the prime sponsor of HB 48, with whom POPS has worked very closely with on this initiative. POPS would also like to recognize Senator Robert Tomlinson, who was instrumental in moving this bill through the Senate, as well as all the other members and staff who were advocates along the way.
The practice of prosthetics, orthotics, pedorthics and orthotic fitting in the state of Pennsylvania is an allied health profession recognized by the American Medical Association. As such, the increasing population of elderly, physically challenged and disabled veterans returning from foreign wards has increased the need for these services, which requires that these practitioners be regulated to ensure the protection of these individuals.
The professional practice of prosthetics, orthotics, pedorthics and orthotic fitting serves to improve and enhance the lives of citizens with disabilities and licensure of this profession will ensure they receive the best care possible.