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Veterans Access to Timely Medical Appointments Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a standardized scheduling policy for veterans enrolled in the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
07/11/2013Introduced in House

All Actions (4)

Date
03/27/2014Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health
08/02/2013Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
07/11/2013Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Action By: House of Representatives
07/11/2013Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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House Veterans' Affairs07/11/2013 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health08/02/2013 Referred to
03/27/2014 Hearings by

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Introduced in House (07/11/2013)

Veterans Access to Timely Medical Appointments Act - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to implement a standardized policy to ensure that veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system are able to schedule: (1) primary care medical appointments within 7 days of the date requested, and (2) specialty care medical appointments within 14 days of the date requested.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) ensure that such policy will provide reliable data regarding the length of time that veterans are waiting for such appointments, (2) issue detailed guidance to the directors of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks to ensure the consistent implementation of such policy, (3) ensure that only VA employees who have completed required training are allowed to schedule medical appointments, and (4) assess the resources of each Network every 180 days to determine the Network's ability to meet such scheduling requirements.

Requires the Secretary to direct each VA medical center to provide oversight of telephone access and implement the best practices outlined in the VA telephone systems improvement guide, including practices to ensure that: (1) calls are answered in a timely manner and patient messages will have a return call within 24 hours, and (2) a call center at each such center is properly staffed to meet the needs of the veteran population served.

Directs the Inspector General of the VA to submit an annual report on the Secretary's progress in implementing this Act.