VA Northern Arizona HCS facility in Anthem scheduled 486 medical appointments in August 2019


The VA Northern Arizona Health Care System, subsidiary 649GD in Anthem, Arizona scheduled 486 pending appointments during the period ending September 1, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 475 had a wait time of 30 days or less (97.7%) and 11 appointments (2.3%) 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 to or better than 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.

The VA explains on its website that when veterans apply for benefits, they are assigned to one of eight 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 Northern Arizona Health Care System Appointments Scheduled in August

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled
Appointments Scheduled 30 Days or Less
Appointments Scheduled More than 30 Days
649
Prescott
17,891
16,358
1,533
649GC
Lake Havasu City
3,203
3,080
123
649GA
Kingman
2,990
2,848
142
649GE
Cottonwood
1,446
1,233
213
649GB
Flagstaff
499
443
56
649GD
Anthem
486
475
11
649QA
Chinle
188
188
0
649QB
Holbrook
33
32
1
649QF
Tuba City
23
23
0
649QD
Page
12
11
1
649QH
Kayenta
11
11
0
649QG
Polacca
3
3
0
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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