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    VA Announces Tribal Consultation for Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced a Tribal Consultation on the VA effort to improve continuity of care and health care access for Veterans by consolidating multiple community care programs into one standard program with standard rates. This impacts the VA Reimbursement Agreements between the IHS and Tribal heath programs to provide thousands of Veterans access to community care.

    The VA is seeking Tribal input to assist in developing the network of providers in a manner that would build on VA’s existing relationships with Tribal health programs and facilitate future collaboration to improve health care services provided to all eligible, VA-enrolled Veterans, regardless of whether they are eligible for IHS-funded health are or not.

    The Tribal consultation with the VA will be held in-person on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 between 9:00AM and 11:00AM EST at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560.

    The VA is seeking Tribal consultation regarding the tribal health programs participation in the core provider network, and potentially transitioning from the current reimbursement agreement structure to a model under which Tribal health programs deliver care to all eligible, VA-enrolled Veterans using a standard reimbursement rate.

    TSGAC has submitted several comments, without response, related to this issue, the most recent letter to VA can be found here.

    Written comments may be submitted to tribalgovernmentconsultation@va.gov before November 5, 2016.

    If you plan to attend the Tribal Consultation, please RSVP here.