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Capitol Health Call
July 11, 2012

Prosthetics Procurement

JAMA. 2012;308(2):123. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.7887

A change to policies and procedures for prosthetics procurement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could compromise care to veterans with amputations, said Rep Ann Marie Buerkle (R, NY), chairwoman of the subcommittee on health of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Buerkle called a subcommittee hearing on May 16 to hear testimony on the VA's proposed changes to prosthetics procurement, which will transfer purchasing authority from prosthetics providers to contracting officers. The VA currently provides care to about 42 000 veterans with limb loss. Prosthetics costs at the VA have more than doubled in the past 5 years.

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