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All NYS podiatrists must be given the scope to treat ankles.

Petition to the FTC

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Current NYS law is discriminatory against podiatrists without ankle permits. For example:
1. A nurse practioner with less training, and or experience, than a podiatrist, can treat the ankle.
2. A NYS podiatrist can provide wound care to the ankle, but cannot do so without a contiguous foot ulcer being present. This law has antitrust activity by discriminating againt podiatrists. They should be able to treat ankles, with or without the presence of a contiguous foot ulcer.
3. Skin melanoma on the ankle kills patients. If a podiatrist is licensed to perform a triple arthrodesis, they certainly should be allowed to excise a skin melanoma on the ankle. Even the new "proposed clean up bill" continues this antitrust activity against podiatrists without ankle permits.
4. There are so many more examples that are presented at PodiaTrust meetings.

The problem:

1. Since 2012, NYS never corrected this problem. We need another approach.
One Solution: Convince the FTC antitrust activity is present, and they have jurisdiction to commence an investigation:

Send an email to the FTC.
1. Explain the antitrust activity currently discriminating against podiatrists.
2. Mention how the FTC intervened in the past, regarding a similar situation in North Carolina. In that case there was a lack of state supervision over the antitrust activity.

A sample email is in the quotes below:

" 1. We request, the FTC investigate why NYS is restraining podiatrists, without ankle permits, from treating the ankle. If a nurse practitioner, with less ( lower extremity training and or experience ) than a podiatrist, can treat the ankle, this anti trust activity prevents NYS citizens from seeking ankle treatment from podiatrists without ankle permits. Furthermore, any podiatrist, without an ankle permit, that is board certified in podiatric medicine, is prevented from practicining their proffession to the full extent of their board certification". If a nurse practitioner does not need to be board certified to treat the ankle, it is a departure from federal laws preventing antitrust activity to require that a podiatrist must be board certified by a board to treat the ankle.
New Jersey allows podiatrists to treat the ankle. They do not have antitrust activity against their podiatrists.
2. NYS should comply with federal legislation that prevents antitrust activity in NYS, since we believe the veil of state immunity, has been pierced.
The veil of state immunity has been pierced:
In order for NYS legislature to adequately supervise any antitrust activity against the approximately hundreds of podiatrists, who are board certified in podiatric medicine, NYS must first mention in the written legislative minutes of the laws of 2012
A- That "this group of 100's of podiatrists, board certified in podiatric medicine exists"
B- How the citizens of NYS benefits from preventing this group of hundreds of podiatrists from practicing their profession, to the full extent of their board certification. Such board certification in podiatric medicine, includes treating the ankle. It is blatent antitrust activity, to allow a nurse pracitioner to treat the ankle, and a podiatrist that is board certified in podiatric medicine cannot give such care without an ankle permit.
(CERTIFICATION IN reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by a national certifying board having certification standards acceptable to the State Education Department IS ACCEPTED TO MEDICALLY TREAT THE ANKLE.)

Petition to the FTC

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1 Mr DANIEL C. Dec 12, 2019