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108th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2063 To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a demonstration project on priorities in the scheduling of appointments of veterans for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 10, 2004 Mr. Conrad (for himself, Mr. Graham of Florida, Mr. Rockefeller, Mr. Akaka, and Mr. Johnson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a demonstration project on priorities in the scheduling of appointments of veterans for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. DEMONSTRATION PROJECT ON PRIORITIES IN SCHEDULING OF APPOINTMENTS OF VETERANS FOR HEALTH CARE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. (a) Project Required.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a demonstration project to assess the feasibility and advisability of providing for priorities in the scheduling of appointments of veterans for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs in accordance with the following: (1) The Department of Veterans Affairs Waiting Time for Appointments goals (30-30-20) of 2000. (2) The provisions of the Veterans Health Administration directive entitled ``Priority For Outpatient Medical Services and Inpatient Hospital Care'' (VHA Directive 2002-059). (3) The provisions of the Veterans Health Administration directive entitled ``Priority Scheduling for Outpatient Medical Services and Inpatient Hospital Care for Service Connected Veterans'' (VHA Directive 2003-062), dated October 23, 2003. (b) Period of Project.--The Secretary shall carry out the demonstration project during the two-year period beginning on October 1, 2004. (c) Locations of Project.--(1) The Secretary shall carry out the demonstration project throughout each of three Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) selected by the Secretary for purposes of the project. (2) In selecting Veterans Integrated Service Networks under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall ensure that the project is carried out in urban, rural, and highly rural areas. (d) Project Requirements and Authorities.--(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), in carrying out the demonstration project the Secretary shall schedule appointments for veterans for outpatient medical services and inpatient hospital care through the Department in accordance with the goals and directives referred to in subsection (a). (2) The veterans covered by the demonstration project shall include any veterans residing in a Veterans Integrated Service Network covered by the project, whether new or current enrollees with the Department and including veterans with service-connected disabilities and veterans with non-service-connected disabilities. (3) The Secretary shall schedule each appointment under the demonstration project in a Department facility unless, as determined by the Secretary-- (A) the cost of scheduling the appointment in a Department facility exceeds the cost of scheduling the appointment in a non-Department facility to an unreasonable degree; or (B) the scheduling of the appointment in a non-Department facility is required for medical or other reasons. (4) In carrying out the demonstration project, the Secretary may utilize the Preferred Pricing Program (PPP) of the Department, or similar programs or authorities, in the locations covered by the project. (5) In this subsection, the terms ``Department facility'' and ``non-Department facility'' have the meaning given such terms in section 1701 of title 38, United States Code. (e) Annual Reports on Waiting Times for Appointments for Care and Services.--(1) Not later than January 31 each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the waiting times of veterans for appointments for health care and services from the Department during the preceding year. (2) Each report under paragraph (1) shall specify, for the year covered by the report, the following: (A) A tabulation of the waiting time of veterans for appointments with the Department for each category of primary or specialty care or services furnished by the Department, broken out by particular Department facility and by Veterans Integrated Service Network. (B) An identification of the categories of specialty care or services for which there are lengthy delays for appointments at particular Department facilities or throughout particular Veterans Integrated Service Networks, and, for each category so identified, recommendations for the reallocation of personnel, financial, and other resources to address such delays. (f) Report on Project.--The report under subsection (e) in 2007 shall also include information on the demonstration project under this section. That information shall include-- (1) a description of the project, including the Veterans Integrated Service Networks selected for the project, the number of veterans covered by the project, the number and timeliness of appointments scheduled under the project, and the costs of carrying out the project; (2) an assessment of the feasibility and advisability of implementing the project nationwide; and (3) such other information with respect to the project as the Secretary considers appropriate. <all>
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