ASCs have served veterans for years. Recently, however, ASCs and other community care providers often waited 12 months or more for claims reimbursement. Particularly for ASCs, this delay is untenable and impedes veterans as they seek care. ASCA supports the claims reimbursement process outlined in the VA MISSION Act, as the Association previously endorsed a bill with the same language.
In addition to the new claims reimbursement process, the VA MISSION Act authorizes local provider agreements with the VA that, according to a US Senate bill summary, will “remove bureaucratic red tape and meet veterans’ need for care in the community.” Local contract guidelines will be sorted over the next several months. ASCA will continue to monitor this issue and keep members informed.