Healthcare Dive: 3 issues that put VA officials on defense in front of Congress this week

“VA officials played defense this week before Congress, arguing in a series of hearings that the agency is prepared to roll out its community care program by the deadline two months from now and that its EHR implementation woes are improving…”

“Community care software

New standards for the community care program make it easier for veterans to seek care from the private sector. The USDS report alleged the VA’s software for determining whether a veteran is eligible is “flawed” and could “significantly disrupt” VA physicians’ ability to see patients. “

“VA officials said the report was incomplete and was not supposed to be made public…”

“More privatization concerns

Last week saw Wilkie testify before the Senate VA committee, where he formally requested a funding increase of $4.6 billion in 2020 for the department’s community care program. The request puts the VA’s medical care budget in 2020 at 9.6% more than it was for 2019…” Read the full article here.

Source: 3 issues that put VA officials on defense in front of Congress this week – By Tony Abraham, April 5, 2019. Healthcare Dive.

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