VA Begins New Community Care Program

08 June, 2019, 18:32 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • New VA rules allow more veterans to see private doctors, urgent care

Wondra explained that under the new and improved Veterans Community Care Program, Veterans can now work with their VA health care provider or other VA staff to see if they are eligible to receive community care.

The objective of the Mission Act is to expand veterans' access to health care. There were no significant changes from the proposed rule issued in February.

Starting Thursday, more US veterans will be able to start seeing private doctors - as part of a new law born out of scandal five years ago when some vets died because they couldn't get appointments at VA centers.

"President Trump promised to give veterans greater choice", VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. They worry that the department is not fully prepared to begin its new policy, which Congress adopted a year ago to streamline and expand the way veterans get care.

Provider and veterans groups hope the program will roll out without major glitches, unlike when the VA hastily launched the Veterans Choice program in 2014.

60-minute average drive time for specialty care. Veterans living with spinal cord injury and disease like ALS and MS, have unique health care challenges and the holistic view of care present at the VA is unmatched. This is a particular worry for mental health screening and treatment.

Non-VA providers hope the program will improve their ability to share patient data with VA facilities and receive timely payment for serving veterans. Veterans served by Lebanon VAMC may call the MISSION Act Call Center at 717-272-6621 and press 6 or visit the MISSION Act information table located in the Building 17 Lobby during normal business hours through the end of June.

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The VA's new Community Care Program includes implementing new portions of the MISSION Act of 2018, which stands for Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks.

A Veteran lives in a US state or territory without a full-service VA medical facility.

"We are honored to reaffirm our commitment to America's Veterans", said WWVAMC Medical Center Director Christopher R. Bjornberg. The new community care program is a positive step toward that goal.

Robyn Bash, vice president of government relations at the American Hospital Association, said her organization was pleased with the final rule.

Note: Drive times are calculated using geomapping software. "That's setting an expectation they won't be able to meet, and veterans won't be happy". The specific access standards are described below.

Brahm says the staff at the Tomah VA have been training for months to make the transition as smooth as possible. "We doubt that's the case".

Paralyzed Veterans of America has always been a champion of, and one of the most influential voices for, VA reform.



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