Answer to the VA problem????

gog8tors

Driving Instructor
#1
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/...vets-groups-raise-conflict-interest/82522000/

VA eventually would become “primarily a payer,” much like Medicare, under the proposal.

Of the seven commission members whose names appear on the document, three are from the private sector and one is a board member of a veterans advocacy group that has proposed its own plan to expand privatized health care for veterans.

Commissioner David Blom, president and CEO of the OhioHealth system, is credited as author of the report, with input from the six other members. Blom wrote that the health care needs of veterans are not being met under the current system and that the goal is to "meet the needs of every veteran."
 
#2
Just from that article I would say that the proposal is going no where.

"The proposal, introduced at the commission’s March meeting, earned immediate condemnation from some veterans organizations as well as VA officials, who say the VA health system performs significantly better on outpatient measures than civilian, Medicare and Medicaid health maintenance organizations.

Eight veterans organizations — including Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — sent a letter Thursday to Commission Chairwoman Nancy Schlichting denouncing the document."
 

Boss 302

Pursuit Driver
#3
Interesting article and I can see why so many oppose it. Many physician practices now refuse to take Medicare because the reimbursements are so low. Even if VA were to reimburse at a rate of 5 or 10% higher than Medicare, it still wouldn't be much of an incentive to accept it. What this plan is banking on is practices accepting it because it's "for the veterans." That would not happen as much as the writers' of this plan would hope and the plan would be a failure.
 

lotstodo

aka "The Jackal"
#4
Interesting article and I can see why so many oppose it. Many physician practices now refuse to take Medicare because the reimbursements are so low. Even if VA were to reimburse at a rate of 5 or 10% higher than Medicare, it still wouldn't be much of an incentive to accept it. What this plan is banking on is practices accepting it because it's "for the veterans." That would not happen as much as the writers' of this plan would hope and the plan would be a failure.
Ironic isn't it? That the government would propose leaving one failed top-down government run healthcare system for a failed government run top-down insurance system, and both are rejected by the recipients of the benefits. The VA is a completely broken system and so is Medicare. One is proof that the government cannot run a healthcare delivery system, and the other is proof that the government cannot run a healthcare insurance scheme. But nobody, not even the recipients, have enough independent thought to propose that the government grant veterans an amount equal to the cost of private insurance and get out of the business altogether. They still cling to the idea that if you can't afford healthcare, you can afford healthcare and the largest bureaucracy in the world to run it because...well because...well there is no explanation.
 

Boss 302

Pursuit Driver
#5
Ironic isn't it? That the government would propose leaving one failed top-down government run healthcare system for a failed government run top-down insurance system, and both are rejected by the recipients of the benefits. The VA is a completely broken system and so is Medicare. One is proof that the government cannot run a healthcare delivery system, and the other is proof that the government cannot run a healthcare insurance scheme. But nobody, not even the recipients, have enough independent thought to propose that the government grant veterans an amount equal to the cost of private insurance and get out of the business altogether. They still cling to the idea that if you can't afford healthcare, you can afford healthcare and the largest bureaucracy in the world to run it because...well because...well there is no explanation.
My wife is a nurse practitioner working for a women's clinic in Toccoa. Most medical practices, to include optometry no longer accept Medicare and Medicaid. My wife's practice does, but they are losing money taking it and are considering doing the same as other practices and dropping it. Thanks to ObamaCare, many insurance companies are no longer accepted by many medical practices as well because the reimbursable rates they receive don't cover the cost of performing the care.
 
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