VA reports decrease in number of appointments at VA Montana HCS health facility in Glendive in August


The VA Montana Health Care System, subsidiary 436GK in Glendive, Montana scheduled 193 pending appointments in August compared to 216 the previous month, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 172 had a wait time of 30 days or less (89.1%) and 21 appointments (10.9%) 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.

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 one of eight priority groups, with those who need immediate care due to service-related disabilities placed in higher priority groups. Veterans who don’t have service-connected disabilities and who earn a higher income are placed in the lower priority groups.

VA Montana Health Care System Appointments Scheduled in August vs. August

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled in September
Total Appointments Scheduled in August
Percent change in number of appointments
436A4
Miles City, MT
345
496
-30.4%
436GB
Great Falls, MT
2,709
2,422
11.8%
436GC
Missoula, MT (David J. Thatcher)
7,015
6,925
1.3%
436GD
Bozeman, MT
1,604
1,706
-6%
436GF
Kalispell, MT
5,249
5,115
2.6%
436GH
Billings Majestic Lane, MT (Benjamin Charles Steele)
6,547
5,597
17%
436GI
Glasgow, MT
127
168
-24.4%
436GK
Glendive, MT
193
216
-10.6%
436GL
Cut Bank, MT
98
126
-22.2%
436GM
Lewistown, MT
511
490
4.3%
436GN
Billings Spring Creek Lane, MT (Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow)
3,460
3,295
5%
436HC
Havre, MT (Merril Lundman)
310
257
20.6%
436QA
Hamilton, MT
1,229
1,110
10.7%
436QB
Plentywood, MT
25
16
56.3%
436QC
Helena, MT
1,536
1,410
8.9%

Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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