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Profession Currently Initiating the Process for Items Received
Podiatrists 5/2/2022

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Practice Alert

Chapter 71 of the laws of 2016 amended the public health law to require health care professionals authorized to prescribe controlled substances to complete medical education on pain management, palliative care, and addition. The course work must be completed by July 1, 2017 and thereafter once within a three-year period. The three-year period starts again on July 1, 2020.

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) who is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, treats, operates and prescribes for any disease, injury, deformity, or other condition of the foot.

Podiatrists can treat any condition of the feet, such as the following:

  • injuries to bones (including fractures), tendons and soft tissue
  • foot problems resulting from illness such as diabetes, arthritis, AIDS, and cardiovascular diseases
  • bacterial and fungal infections
  • skin and nail disorders
  • benign and cancerous tumors
  • congenital and acquired foot deformities

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Last Updated: May 17, 2022