VA Medical Center Stands By System Worth Saving

American Legion to review Grand Junction veteran’s health care system. Nearly two years ago, a national crisis revealed scheduling scandals within the VA health care system leading to several veteran deaths. The National American Legion Office is now making a trip to the valley to conduct a “System Worth Saving” review of Grand Junction’s veteran’s health care system. “I welcome them to come in and look at our operations both from a clinical and administrative standpoint and work with us to improve those areas, where needed,” Grand Junction VA director, Marc Magill said. Magill says while the medical center has many success stories to share with the National American Legion Office, it’s important to note that patients are still facing several challenges, including longer than usual wait times for an appointments and issues with access. “The very thing that the Choice Program was supposed to improve– “access”– has in some cases been delayed because of processes and policies,” Magill said. According to the recent patient access data, internal reports show as of April2016, nearly 9 percent of patients waited over 30 days for a scheduled appointment, compared to about 7percent in 2015. When it comes to patients waiting beyond 120 days, reports show that there we’re56 in 2016, compared to 29 just a year ago. According the Grand Junction VA Medical Center, many of those consults have been given to the Veteran’s Choice Program, but those numbers were not made available. Magil says he is aware of many of the increase, encourages local veteran’s to attend the town hall meeting, where representative from Senator Michael Bennett and Scott Tipton’s office will be present, to get their voices heard on a national level. “Right now we have those restrictions from how we can contract or how we can do those partnerships, so I hope that through awareness of need, we can open up some of those abilities and work with our community resources to again provide better care for our veterans and for the community,” Magill said. The National American Legion will conduct a system worth saving town hall meeting next Tuesday, April 26th in Palisade at the American Legion Hall located at 120 8th St. at 7 p.m. http://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/va-medical-center-stands-by-system-worth-saving   Very respectfully Edward G. Lilley Team Leader for Health Policy/National VAVS Deputy Representative Phone 202-263-5767:  Fax 202-833-4452

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We all have experienced setbacks. Life throws us curves at the most inopportune time. A fellow American Legion member and friend, diagnosed with PTSD and other undiagnosed medical issues tells me that when he faces pain and anger over his health conditions he puts himself in check and takes a nap.  He has learned self-control to overcome the negative aspects of his chronic conditions. (read more)

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VA Medical Center Stands By System Worth Saving

American Legion to review Grand Junction veteran’s health care system. Nearly two years ago, a national crisis revealed scheduling scandals within the VA health care system leading to several veteran deaths. The National American Legion Office is now making a trip to the valley to conduct a “System Worth Saving” review of Grand Junction’s veteran’s health care system. “I welcome them to come in and look at our operations both from a clinical and administrative standpoint and work with us to improve those areas, where needed,” Grand Junction VA director, Marc Magill said. Magill says while the medical center has many success stories to share with the National American Legion Office, it’s important to note that patients are still facing several challenges, including longer than usual wait times for an appointments and issues with access. “The very thing that the Choice Program was supposed to improve– “access”– has in some cases been delayed because of processes and policies,” Magill said. According to the recent patient access data, internal reports show as of April2016, nearly 9 percent of patients waited over 30 days for a scheduled appointment, compared to about 7percent in 2015. When it comes to patients waiting beyond 120 days, reports show that there we’re56 in 2016, compared to 29 just a year ago. According the Grand Junction VA Medical Center, many of those consults have been given to the Veteran’s Choice Program, but those numbers were not made available. Magil says he is aware of many of the increase, encourages local veteran’s to attend the town hall meeting, where representative from Senator Michael Bennett and Scott Tipton’s office will be present, to get their voices heard on a national level. “Right now we have those restrictions from how we can contract or how we can do those partnerships, so I hope that through awareness of need, we can open up some of those abilities and work with our community resources to again provide better care for our veterans and for the community,” Magill said. The National American Legion will conduct a system worth saving town hall meeting next Tuesday, April 26th in Palisade at the American Legion Hall located at 120 8th St. at 7 p.m. http://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/va-medical-center-stands-by-system-worth-saving   Very respectfully Edward G. Lilley Team Leader for Health Policy/National VAVS Deputy Representative Phone 202-263-5767:  Fax 202-833-4452

Message from the Commander – Tom Florez

We all have experienced setbacks. Life throws us curves at the most inopportune time. A fellow American Legion member and friend, diagnosed with PTSD and other undiagnosed medical issues tells me that when he faces pain and anger over his health conditions he puts himself in check and takes a nap.  He has learned self-control to overcome the negative aspects of his chronic conditions. (read more)

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