Farenthold brings VA paperwork training for medical community

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Jan. 4, 2016 at 10:12 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2016 at 10:15 p.m.

Congressman Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, partnered with Port Lavaca Memorial Hospital to bring training Tuesday to assist the medical community in dealing with paperwork to get promptly reimbursed through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to a news release, one of the challenges facing the VA in southeast Texas is a shortage of primary care physicians and specialty care providers.

Because of this, the VA has alternatives for veterans needing care utilizing outside doctors: the VA Choice and VA Voucher program.

Both programs offer an opportunity for local, private health care providers to provide services to veterans and assist the VA to provide veterans with appointments in a shorter timeframe and at facilities closer to home.

These training seminars double as an outreach to health care providers who may be interested in providing care to the nation's heroes.

All health care providers interested in learning how to utilize VA Choice, VA Vouchers and VA Fee Basis to serve veterans are invited to attend.

Health care providers and billing staff needing assistance receiving payment for overdue bills submitted to the VA should also attend.

Topics covered include consolidation overview, VA Care in the Community, purchased care programs, authorities for VHA to reimburse for VACC, process for referral and filing a claim, claims processing timeliness, points of contact for unresolved claims and the process of filing an appeal.



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