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Rural Veterans and Access to Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Nov 21, 2019 - Notice of proposed rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to amend regulations regarding the VA's collection of reimbursement for medical services provided for the treatment of nonservice-connected conditions. Comments on the proposed rule are due by January 21, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 11, 2019 - Highlights the Veteran's Club Facebook page, created as a support group for service members struggling with thoughts of suicide. Includes other programs such as AMVETS, aimed to educate military members and their families on the signs of suicide.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 28, 2019 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a proposed rule to clarify VA billing practices. Specifically, the proposed rule would amend regulations related to the VA's collection of payment from third-party payers for their treatment of nonservice-connected disabilities. Comments on the proposed rule are due by December 27, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 25, 2019 - Notice of final rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) establishing parameters and authority for the new Center for Innovation for Care and Payment regarding pilot programs testing payment and service delivery models. The rule will be effective on November 25, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 23, 2019 - The Veterans Health Administration is seeking comment on an information collection to implement requirements for the certification of providers, discontinuation of veterans care agreements, and disputes as they relate to the VA MISSION Act. Comments are due by December 23, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 20, 2019 - A veterans resource center opens in rural North Logan, Utah to provide veterans with housing, employment, and healthcare services, as well as a place to socialize with other service members. The center hopes to address the barriers faced in rural areas and bring awareness to the services available to veterans.
Source: KSL
Oct 17, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) celebrates the opening of the first VA Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) in Eureka, Montana. The remote telehealth exam rooms allow rural veterans to conduct virtual appointments with VA providers, reducing the need to travel long distances for healthcare.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Oct 7, 2019 - The Veterans Health Administration is seeking public comment on non-substantive changes to an already approved information collection for the Expanded Access to Non-VA Care through the Mission Program: Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP) to update the title of VA forms and citations, as well as burden hour estimates. Comments on the changes are due by November 6, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
VA: VA Standards for Quality Federal Register
Oct 3, 2019 - The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a notice establishing standards for quality for hospital care, medical services, and extended care services provided by the VA and non-VA providers treating veterans.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 30, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announces it will implement new procedures by January 2020, making sharing electronic health information easier and more efficient. If a patient does not want to participate, they can choose to opt out, as opposed to before when they had to authorize the VA to share records before receiving care.
Source: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Last Updated: 11/21/2019