VA Drops Plan To Use Private Providers For Extended Care

Law360, Nashville (May 9, 2017, 8:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have allowed it to use Medicare or state procedures to enter into "extended care" agreements with private providers, saying Tuesday that it could not finalize the rule without new legislative authority.

Under the proposed rule, issued in May 2013, the VA would have been able to co-opt Medicare or state-level procedures to enter into provider agreements with non-VA providers for "extended care," such as home health care, palliative care or hospice care, if and when that private care is more convenient for veterans.

But after further review, the...

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