VA Project ARCH

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Project Arch is a program that has been a long time coming. The statute authorizing the demonstration was passed in 2008 but this is the first year where money was provided for the test. Project Arch, which just started 29 AUG is a three year pilot to provide healthcare for veterans in rural areas far from present VA facilities. It brings vet healthcare closer to their homes. Humana is managing 4 of the project‘s 5 sites: Farmville, Virginia, Pratt Kansas, Flagstaff Arizona, and Billings Montana. The 5th site is Aroostook County Caribou Maine will have healthcare provided by Cary Medical Center.
 The Virginia project will cover Primary Care, including routine preventive care, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory services.
 The Kansas project will cover ―primary care, including routine preventive care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services as well as behavioral health screening and assessment.‖
 The Arizona contract will cover: ―Acute inpatient medical and surgical care, including related consultations and ancillaries as well as outpatient specialty consultations including related diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.‖
 The Montana project will cover ―acute inpatient medical and surgical care, including related consultations and ancillaries…Outpatient specialty consultation, including related diagnostic imaging and laboratory services. ―
 The Maine project will cover ―Acute inpatient medical and surgical care, including related consultations and ancillaries ―as well as ―outpatient specialty consultation, including related diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.‖
What all this ultimately means is if you live in rural areas around these VISNs (Veterans Integrated Service Networks) you will be able to choose to get health care without travelling long distances to a VA hospital or clinic. If you are interested in participating you should speak to your VA Care Coordinator. You can qualify for this program if you have the following travel times:
 Live more than 60 minutes driving time from the nearest VA health care facility providing primary care services, or
 Live more than 120 minutes time distance from the nearest VA health care facility providing acute hospital care, or

 Live more than 240 minutes driving time from the nearest VA health care facility providing tertiary care.
For additional info on Project ARCH refer tohttp://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/arch/index.asp. [Source: TREA News for the Enlisted 16 Sep 2011 ++]

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