While it works to improve medical care at some of its hospitals, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to cover the cost of emergency treatment provided to veterans at non-VA facilities. As part of newly proposed regulations, the VA also intends to pay for follow-up care at the civilian hospital or medical center that treated the emergency situation. Previously, the VA did not cover costs for this aftercare, but instead required the patient to be moved to a VA facility as soon as he or she was stable.
Friday, June 25, 2010
VA to Extend Coverage for Veterans at Non-VA Facilities
The expanded coverage comes on the heels of news that at least five VA hospitals were recently banned from performing elective surgeries due to the poor grades received under the Veterans Health Administration’s new rating system.
VA Plans to Pay for Post-ER Hospital Care (Courthouse News Service)
Payment or Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment Furnished by Non-VA Providers in Non-VA Facilities to Certain Veterans With Service-Connected or Nonservice-Connected Disabilities (Department of Veterans Affairs)
5 VA Hospitals Banned from Performing Most Surgeries (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)