Veteran's Health Care: Proper Plan Needed to Modernize System for Paying Community Providers
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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To help ensure that veterans are provided timely and accessible health care services, the Veterans Health Administration VHA of the Department of Veterans Affairs VA has purchased care from non-VA community providers through its care in the community programs since as early as 1945. VHAs agency-wide data show that in fiscal year 2015, it processed about 66 percent of claims within the agencys required time frame of 30 days or less, whereas data from Medicare and TRICARE the Department of Defenses health care system show that their contractors processed about 99 percent of claims within 30 days or less.
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