VA reports increase in number of August appointments scheduled at VA Atlanta HCS health facility


The VA Atlanta Health Care System, subsidiary 508GA in Atlanta, Georgia scheduled 19,955 pending appointments in August compared to 19,919 during the same period last year, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments this August, 18,801 had a wait time of 30 days or less (94.2%) and 1,154 appointments (5.8%) were scheduled more than 30 days out.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in January 2019, reported that wait times for new appointments at VA health care facilities were similar or better to wait times at private-sector providers between 2014 and 2017.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, released a report in July 2019 that cautioned that the VA's data-tracking system only captures part of the appointment process and fails to account for the time that it takes the VA to enroll veterans in its health benefits program.

At a hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee after the report was released, Debra Draper, health care director at the GAO, said new patients may actually wait up to 70 days for an appointment when they first enroll for benefits.

The VA explains on its website that when veterans apply for benefits, they are assigned to 1 of 8 priority groups, with those who need immediate care due to service-related disabilities placed in higher priority groups. Veterans who do not have service-connected disabilities and who earn a higher income are placed in the lower priority groups.

VA Atlanta Health Care System - 508GA Appointments Scheduled in August 2019 vs. August 2018

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled in August 2019
Total Appointments Scheduled in August 2018
Percent change in number of appointments
508
Atlanta
85,479
83,089
2.9%
508GA
Atlanta
19,955
19,919
0.2%
508GE
Oakwood
10,802
10,574
2.2%
508GF
Austell
5,277
6,603
-20.1%
508GG
Stockbridge
9,963
10,237
-2.7%
508GH
Lawrenceville
10,408
10,285
1.2%
508GI
Newnan
7,629
8,132
-6.2%
508GJ
Blairsville
4,226
4,110
2.8%
508GK
Carrollton
8,207
7,831
4.8%
508GL
Rome
3,036
3,164
-4%
508QB
East Point
380
356
6.7%
508QC
Atlanta
1,903
2,055
-7.4%
508QD
East Point
198
256
-22.7%
508QE
Lawrenceville
4,325
4,099
5.5%
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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