The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created the VA Community Care Network (VA CCN) program to help Veterans access health care services in the community when:
• Services aren’t available at a VA Medical Center (VAMC).
• A VAMC is located too far from a Veteran’s home address (as determined by drive time).
• Veterans would have long wait times for appointments (more than 30 days).
The new VACCN will help fulfill service-related health care needs for Veterans , allow community providers to provide care for Veterans & help VA meet the health care needs of Veterans.
ELIGIBILITY FOR CARE:
Veterans may be eligible for care through a provider in their local community depending on their health care needs or circumstances, and if they meet specific eligibility criteria. Even if a Veteran is eligible for community care, they generally still have the option to receive care from a VA medical facility.
In most cases, Veterans must receive approval from VA before receiving care from a community provider to avoid being billed for the care. VA staff members generally make all eligibility determinations for community care.
Steps to obtain care through the Community Care Network:
VA confirms a Veteran’s eligibility to receive community care. Call your local VA center to verify eligibility and you must have had your annual check-up within the last 12 months.
Veteran or a VA staff member schedules appointment with a provider in VA’s network.
Veteran receives care from a community provider in the VA's network.
Community provider sends the claim to a Third Party Administrator (TPA) or VA for payment.
Dr. Gloria McMenamin is a VACCN - Veteran's Affairs Community Network approved provider.
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