The ASoC operates in close collaboration with the Department of Defense (DOD) amputation care programs.
The RAC and PANS locations are designed to provide the highest level of clinical expertise in amputation care, including medical care, surgical services, specialized rehabilitation programs, and orthotic and prosthetic laboratories for the fabrication and fitting of artificial limbs.
Since initiation of the program, the VA has dedicated significant resources to expand the capacity of the system and the availability of specialized amputation care expertise.
RACs are the banner facilities for amputation care in the VA.
They have a core interdisciplinary Amputation Care Team (physician, therapist, prosthetists) but may not have an associated CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility or accredited prosthetic laboratory.