VA Expands Community Care Program with Primary Care Access

In light of the long wait times for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added primary care to its list of eligible services from non-VA medical facilities. The Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) program awards contracts to medical groups in order to provide care to veterans who live near VA health care facilities that have a backlog of pending appointments.

The current PC3 program allows veterans to access inpatient and outpatient specialty care, limited emergency care, mental health care, and limited newborn care for female Veterans who have recently given birth. “With the addition of primary care services, VA Medical Centers can now use PC3 to provide additional types of care in order to reduce wait times,” says Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.

By adding primary care services to the list of health care contracted to non-VA health care providers, veterans are expected to wait less and obtain appointments closer to their homes. Reduced commuting standards in the contracts ensure that veterans who have limited ability to travel are able to schedule appointments at local care centers in areas where VA facilities are too far away.

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