Veterans Can Now Receive Care from St. John Health System Doctors through the Veterans Choice Program
Tulsa, Okla. (March 28, 2016) — St. John Health System today announced a partnership to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, giving veterans the choice to receive care at St. John locations throughout Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. As part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare system and the world’s largest Catholic health system, St. John joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia in sustaining and improving the health of individuals and our communities by serving as an official provider of Veteran Care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Now qualified U.S. veterans who face wait times in excess of 30 days at the VA have or to travel farther than 40 miles from their home can receive care from St. John doctors at 116 sites of care in Oklahoma and Kansas.
The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 established funding to pay for healthcare services provided to veterans by private healthcare providers. Through the partnership, St. John physicians and other caregivers are authorized to provide primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health care for eligible veterans outside of VA.
St. John and Ascension have established a contractual agreement with TriWest Healthcare Alliance and national provider registration with Health Net Federal Services, LLC — both are federal contractors to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As Veterans Choice Program contractors, TriWest and Health Net are designated by VA to implement the Veterans Choice Program and provide eligible veterans access to care in their community when the local VA facility cannot readily provide care.
Nearly 9 million veterans received the Veterans Choice Card. Use of the card is strictly voluntary; veterans who qualify for VA healthcare can continue to receive care at a VA medical facility as they have in the past. The program will end when the allocated funds of $10 billion are used or no later than August 7, 2017.
Veterans can determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program at http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/ or by calling the number on their Choice Card, 1-866-606-8198.
U.S. veterans, St. John patients and caregivers who are interested in learning more about the Veterans Choice Program are encouraged to visit www.ascension.org/veterans.
About St. John Health System
St. John Health System is a not-for-profit Catholic health care system founded in 1926. St. John operates hospitals in Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, Bartlesville and Nowata, as well as physician offices throughout northeastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include St. John Clinic, St. John Clinic Urgent Care and medical complexes in south Tulsa and Claremore. St. John serves more than 3,500 patients every day.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,000 sites of care – including 137 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.