VA tests partnership with CVS to reduce veterans' wait times

The VA has created an online tool to support patient treatment choices using healthcare access and wait time data

Veterans Administration, the VA and CVS have partnered for a test program that will have the pharmacy chain's MinuteClinic urgent care centers treating some veterans for minor injuries and ailments.

"Veterans must have access to information that is clear and understandable to make informed decisions about their health care", said VA Sec.

"My district is home to one of the largest veterans populations in the country and despite some improvements we've been able to make over the past few years, veterans are still experiencing problems with getting timely access to quality care, especially in rural areas", Rooney said on Thursday. "I've long believed that Veterans in need of routine health care services should not have to wait in line for weeks to get an appointment when they can visit community health centers like MinuteClinic to receive timely and convenient care".

Even under the popular VA Choice program, which allows qualifying veterans to seek appointments with non-VA providers when VA physicians are unavailable, patients wait an average of 24 days to receive care.

VA Secretary David Shulkin is a supporter of finding new ways for increased "integrated care" between the VA and the private sector. President Donald Trump, who promised throughout his campaign to reform the VA, is expected to sign the legislation on Wednesday. "Thanks to the leadership of CVS Health and the VA, Phoenix's almost 120,000 Veterans will now be served at 24 different area MinuteClinic locations for minor health care services". The fake reports covered up the fact that in some instances, veterans died while waiting for care.

From his seat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., insisted he was "proud of the work we've done" and called the new online portal a step in the right direction.

The VA says veterans can use the site to compare that data with other facilities in their area. When he's not working at Law Street he's either cooking a mediocre tofu dish or enjoying a run in the woods. Baklava is his achilles heel.