Wednesday, December 19, 2018

VA Mission Act Implementation Hearing Today

Dana Halvorson

On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 2pm ET, the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees will hold a joint hearing entitled, “Tracking Transformation:  VA Mission Act Implementation.”   The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, will be testifying.  The committees will focus on VA’s progress with respect to implementation of title I of the law, which requires VA to institute a consolidated community care program governed by certain access and quality standards by no later than June 6, 2019, to replace the Choice program.  Prior to the VA MISSION Act, if extended care providers, including nursing care centers, accepted a veteran patient, they were considered to be a federal contractor and subjected to additional red tape – simply because the patient was a veteran.  Our centers already meet very strict compliance guidelines under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Adding additional regulations on top of this is simply inefficient, redundant, adds cost and takes staff time away from these veterans at the bedside.  This disparity of contracting and reporting requirements has deterred many long term care providers around the country from accepting veteran patients. 

Provisions in the VA Mission Act will help remove some of the existing red tape that may prevent providers from being able to provide care to veterans.  More specifically, the VA Mission Act will ensure that extended care providers, including nursing center care, can legally enter into Veteran Care Agreements (VCAs).  AHCA submitted a statement for the hearing record on VCAs that can be found here.  Finally, more information on the joint hearing can be accessed here.  

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