A Veteran Affair…

Good afternoon, ProviderNation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to hear from you about letting non-VA vendors provide long term care to vets.

The proposed rule could well be an opportunity for providers. There are some 23 million Americans who rely on VA for health care, and the costs of VA’s major benefits programs are expected to rise 70 percent, to about $130 billion, by 2022. In fiscal 2007 alone, VA spent more than $4.1 billion on long term care for its patients. VA expected to spend some $108 million on nursing home care in fiscal 2009.

The comment period has been cut short, from 60 to 30 days.

Comments on the rulemaking are due by March 15, but AHCA wants to get ahead of them. Anyone with thoughts or comments on the rule can e-mail Dana Halvorson, AHCA’s director of not for profit & constituent services at dhalvorson@ahca.org . For a look at the rule itself, click here.

Meanwhile, Team Obama has come down from the mountain with new regs on insurance mandates and benefits.

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