The rules go for VCP provide that the applicant`s community supplier can issue short-term prescriptions for two weeks (14 days) of a “national form drug.” These 14-day prescriptions can be filled at any non-VA pharmacy. When VCP was first implemented (see below), the program was not intended to be run indefinitely and the VA, as senior coordinator, was not responsible. In 2017, the VA was able to remove barriers to the exchange of care and information with health care providers (thanks to the new legislation). Community providers can continue to provide services to Veterans close to VA by participating in a contractual network managed by mandated external administrators, the TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc. In certain circumstances, community suppliers may also enter into contracts directly with VA to participate in the program. VCP has been described on VA`s official website as “an advantage that allows legitimate veterans to obtain health care from a community provider.” It should allow alternative access to care, instead of waiting for a VA appointment to be available, or making a long trip to the nearest medical facility to the VA. Q: Once I have signed a VCP supplier agreement, can I continue to treat veterans? A: Community suppliers who use (or will use) a VCP provider agreement to assist VCP Veterans will work directly with VA from October 1, 2018. VA medical institutions and municipal providers cooperate in place of HNFS for care authorization, coordination, billing and payments for care received by Veterans. In order to comply with the MISSION Act of 2018, the VA abstains on June 6, 2019 from its Veterans Selection Program, a program that has allowed Veterans in VA to see non-community suppliers based on certain qualification requirements. The MISSION Act and the new Veterans Community Care Program will streamline the process to facilitate the care of Veterans they need. Veteran patients can still use their original service provider, which they selected under the previous PCV, but this may depend on whether or not there is an PCV provider agreement.
In addition, participation in the contractual network must be ensured with the va-approved third party. If you have any questions about your current provider, call your nearest VA Medical Center. All VCP agreements officially expired on June 6, 2019; the date of the program`s “sunset.” VCP members are still allowed to take advantage of the benefits for recipients` travel to and from their appointments, as required by the VPA rules. The Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Travel Program must help veterans pay for mileage and/or “common company” by air, bus, taxi, etc.