Ed Wilkinson: VA, private sector partner to improve vet services

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Ed Wilkinson

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Kaiser Pemanente have announced a new program designed to improve care and services to our nation’s heroes.

The program is designed to exchange electronic health record information using the Nationwide Health Information Network.

This program will enable the VA and Department of Defense to partner with private sector health care providers to promote better, safer and faster care for veterans.

VA and Kaiser Permanente will send letters to veterans in the San Diego-area who receive care from both institutions, asking them to participate in this pilot program.

This will enable their public and private health care providers and doctors to share specific health information electronically, safely, securely and privately.

This program will begin in mid-December.

Historical veteran/national dates:

• Nov. 22, 1963 — John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas. A museum has been set up at the book depository and visitors can tour the area and hear an account of events that happened that day.

• Nov. 24, 1859 — Charles Darwin’s “Origin of the species,” is published in England. It caused quite a controversy, because it was in direct conflict with the Bible about the origin of man.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder for veterans

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as on-site nursing support and remote practitioner availability. The goal is to provide an extensive array of health care services to veterans in a setting that is accessible and professional. To appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic cannot handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins still are ongoing for veterans enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available

Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig VA Telehealth clinic. All they need to do is call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for their mental health visit to be done there. If there are any questions, contact Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction via phone or e-mail.

Her e-mail address is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov

For information on these programs and/or other veterans’ benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. (west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot).

Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. Our e-mail address is veterans@moffatcounty.net. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment only.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

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