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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

TMA WINS THE BATTLE OF THE ANKLE, AGAIN

The Third Court of Appeals left the podiatrists with no leg to stand on in their ongoing battle to expand their scope of practice. Two months ago, the court ruled that the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners was wrong when it adopted a rule that expanded the definition of the foot to include the bones in the ankle. At that time, it directed a lower court to rehear the case. The podiatry board and the Texas Podiatric Medical Association asked the appeals court to take a second look, and the court came back with an even stronger ruling. TMA and the Texas Orthopaedic Association will continue to fight for patient safety in this case, which likely will go next to the Supreme Court of Texas.

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