Hospitals can apply to administer non-VA provider networks
AHA News Now
Jan 2, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs seeks hospital and other applicants to administer a new VA program that will allow non-VA facilities to provide medical-surgical care to VA patients through five regional provider networks, according to a final request for proposals issued Dec. 21. The Patient-Centered Community Care program is modeled on Project HERO (Healthcare Effectiveness through Resource Optimization), a pilot program launched in 2008. Veterans would continue to go to a VA health clinic or medical facility for primary care needs, but could get follow-up specialty care at a hospital or other non-VA facility that participates in the network. Hospitals and others can apply to administer one of the five networks.