Last week, American Health Care Association (AHCA) member Fred Benjamin testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (VA) on the VA provider agreement discussion draft.
The draft, being worked on under the leadership of Sens.
"VA provider agreements will enhance access to needed services for veterans while reducing the expense and administrative burden of being classified as federal contractors for many providers," says Fred Benjamin
, who gave testimony before the hearing.
He is also vice president and chief operating officer of Medicalodges in Coffeyville, Kan., a 100 percent employee-owned provider of skilled nursing, rehabilitation, assisted living, home care, and services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
The provider agreement will come "as a great relief to skilled care providers across the country.
It is an honor and a privilege to care for our nation's veterans," he
specifically noted during his
testimony that VA provider agreements would increase the opportunity for veterans to obtain non-VA extended care services from local providers that furnish vital and often life-sustaining medical services.
said that this legislative discussion draft would reduce the administrative workload needed to deal with VA correspondence, streamline the approval process for medical equipment and services, and avoid duplication of annual review inspections (VA conducts inspections separately from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).