Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Kaiser Health News (KHN) ran a story, Veterans' Needs 'Should Drive Where They Get Their Care'. The article features an interview with "Dr. Kenneth Kizer, a former VA undersecretary for health ... the founding chief executive officer and president of the National Quality Forum, [and] ... now director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the University of California, Davis." The article reports that both houses of Congress have passed bills that allow veterans to go outside of the VA for medical care in certain circumstances.
Dr. Kizer discusses the challenges of creating such a network for care, a contracting program, reimbursement levels and which veterans could go outside the VA system for care. The interview is available here.