Thursday, November 19, 2015

VA Proposes Changes To Ease Electronic Health Data Exchange

VA Proposes Changes To Ease Electronic Health Data Exchange  



Meanwhile, VA officials on Wednesday also proposed measures to improve the VA Choice Card program, which aims to help veterans access care more quickly, Modern Healthcare reports (Muchmore, Modern Healthcare, 11/18).
During a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson proposed changes to improve the Choice program by:
  • Clarifying the program's eligibility criteria;
  • Creating a "high-performing network" of private providers who work with VA;
  • Enabling VA to electronically share medical records with outside providers; and
  • Streamlining payment protocols (AHA News, 11/18).
Gibson said VA would spend $421 million to implement the changes during the upcoming fiscal year. According to VA estimates, the initiatives would cost $400 million to $600 million annually in subsequent years. According to the Washington Times, the changes could cost more if additional patients wish to participate in the program (Shastry, Washington Times, 11/18).

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