06 Jan '18, 5pm

#VA attempting faster payments to private-sector medical providers who care for #Veterans

WASHINGTON – The amount of money that the Department of Veterans Affairs owes private-sector medical providers will be made public now – one of several moves the agency announced this week in an attempt to hold itself accountable for faster reimbursements to outside doctors that treat VA patients. The largest debt totals will posted on the agency’s website starting next week and updated each month with information about how quickly payments are made, VA Secretary David Shulkin announced in a statement released Wednesday. “It is vital to the health of our network of providers that we provide payment in a timely and consistent fashion,” Shulkin said. “Our outside providers are an essential part of our network and we need to improve our system of payments for their services.” The VA has been slow to pay private-sector health care providers, according to government watchdogs. ...

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