"Our number one priority is getting Veterans access to care when and where they need it".
"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", he said. The CVS program allows the VA to maintain its a role and provide veterans with timely care. Phoenix VA Health Care System nurses will refer veterans to MinuteClinic for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries through the Veterans Choice Program when appropriate. Now, the VA has announced a partnership with CVS pharmacies. But VA Secretary David Shulkin hopes to expand this program nationwide in order to reduce wait times for veterans seeking care.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was also a POW, supports the new program.
In 2014, then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned after it was revealed that officials in Phoenix falsified reports about the wait times veterans faced at VA clinics. "This allows veterans to see how VA is performing".
The Thomas E. Creek facility has some of the longest wait time across all of Texas.
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The innovative program introduces and access points for receiving care.
Maureen McCarthy, the Phoenix VA's chief of staff, welcomed the new CVS partnership but acknowledged a potential challenge in providing seamless coordination to avoid gaps in care.
The VA previously experimented with a similar program past year in the smaller market of Palo Alto, a $330,000 pilot to provide urgent care at 14 MinuteClinics. There are 24 "Minute Clinics" in the Phoenix area, where veterans can go and get immediate care for illnesses and injuries.
"By allowing our electronic health records to communicate and share important clinical information, we'll have a more comprehensive view of the Veterans we collectively serve, which will enable important health care decision making and ensure continuity of care", said Andrew Sussman, MD, Executive Vice President and Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health and President, MinuteClinic. "We're looking forward to working with the Phoenix VA Health Care System team to ensure that their patients have additional options for high-quality acute care at times and locations that are convenient for them".