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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Choosing a preferred VA treatment facility


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My question is who determines your choice for preferred VA treatment facility (your primary VA treatment facility)?

I have been treated at a single VA Treatment facility in NC since 2006. I have property in NC and FL. I have been using my FL residence until the residential construction is completed on the NC property. Prior to this I rented in NC. 

My primary provider transferred so I was assigned a new physician a couple of months ago. It was going fine until his screening nurse noticed I had a temp address in FL. At that point she asked if that was temporary. I explained as above. The treatment stopped and right quick.

I was told by her my treatment was restricted to: "urgent/emergencies".

I had assumed this was merely a mask to push me off an opioid prescription (since 2008). I acquiesced that point but they continued their unilateral and abrupt virtual refusal to continue my treatment there.

Is their refusal to continue my treatment at my designated preferred VA facility in fact within the scope of the nurse's/provider's authority?

 

I won't bother with what that means to tell a person to tough luck, see ya, after receiving an opioid prescription for a SC disability (reconciled by Neurology consult).

PS: if this is the incorrect forum please move.

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So much for the VA's Patient's Bill of Rights. They just threw that right out the window. Your primary VA treating facility should be determined by your primary residential zip code, but your tre

Don't settle for that. You're SC and deserve equal medical treatment across all regions without being restricted to emergency/urgent care in one area. Yeah, you might have to register in that region,

Vync, we/I am lucky you are active on this forum. I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and experience. It's pointless to me to pushback, aside from on principle that after 8 year

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I appreciate the friendly feedback. I just lurk around here from time to time to help out.

You are correct. The VA handled this badly. Up until the VA changed their policies to match the DEA policies, they would often tell veterans go ahead and request a refill as soon as your medication arrived. In those instances, veterans were at least one month ahead of the expiration. This cold turkey approach is a serious problem for some veterans.

I agree with you about the choice program, or as I more appropriately call it, the "lack of" choice program. Supposedly, you are supposed to be able to find an eligible provider at this link: http://www.va.gov/opa/apps/locator/

If you have doc you wish to see, try to look them up. If they are not listed, you can ask them to see if they are interested in getting listed by going to that link and clicking "for providers". It says they must accept Medicare, which is a real turn off for many providers.

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10 hours ago, Vync said:

I appreciate the friendly feedback. I just lurk around here from time to time to help out.

You are correct. The VA handled this badly. Up until the VA changed their policies to match the DEA policies, they would often tell veterans go ahead and request a refill as soon as your medication arrived. In those instances, veterans were at least one month ahead of the expiration. This cold turkey approach is a serious problem for some veterans.

I agree with you about the choice program, or as I more appropriately call it, the "lack of" choice program. Supposedly, you are supposed to be able to find an eligible provider at this link: http://www.va.gov/opa/apps/locator/

If you have doc you wish to see, try to look them up. If they are not listed, you can ask them to see if they are interested in getting listed by going to that link and clicking "for providers". It says they must accept Medicare, which is a real turn off for many providers.

The real problem with ""choice" from the provider's side is getting paid. The VA is failing to do so in any sort of reasonable manner.

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8 hours ago, Chuck75 said:

The real problem with ""choice" from the provider's side is getting paid. The VA is failing to do so in any sort of reasonable manner.

You're right about that. I visited my non-VA doc yesterday and they said they do not participate in Medicare fully like the choice program requires. However, if I were with Medicare, they said I could pay cash for treatment and then they would file for reimbursement. Apparently every couple of months Medicare adjusts payout rates and many doctors do not work for peanuts.

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What I don't understand is why should we have to register in each location? Is this not a nation wide organization, I know the Doctors can see all of your medical records from every facility you have been treated at. Well I had to tell my current doc how to find what I was talking about. This is just more of their bull dookie to give us the run around. I tried as a walking to transfer from Reno to Las Vegas and the lady I was talking to had no clue what I was talking about. I went and sat in a chair called them got a very polite young man and not only got transferred but got an appointment for that day. I know miracle right.

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