What is a Veteran's Hospital? When Should I Use a VA Hospital?

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Veterans hospitals(also known as VA Hospitals) are medical centers that provide care to eligible veterans. Most veterans hospitals offer both inpatient and outpatient care. Services provided can include: emergency, medical, surgical (including reconstructive/plastic surgery as a result of disease or trauma), substance abuse, and mental health.

Who are eligible veterans?

How do you know if you are an eligible veteran? The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a website. This page: Health Benefits Home for Veterans provides more information on who qualifies as an eligible veteran. Their website also provides enrollment information and the steps of the application process.

How do you choose the best veteran's hospital?

Selecting a veteran's hospital can be a difficult decision. When selecting a veteran's hospital, you should consider the following factors:

1. Services offered: Verify the veteran's hospital has specialists who can treat the medical condition for which care is needed.

2. Location: The VA hospital should be within a comfortable travel distance.

3. Quality: Does the VA hospital and it's staff provide quality care? WhereToFindCare.com has a quality score to help you figure it out.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all participating VA hospitals to submit information on Medicare and Medicaid patients. The participating veteran hospitals are asked to document several measures. These reported measures can tell you how well VA hospitals provided care for some of their patients.

WhereToFindCare.com simplifies data from CMS into one value, which we call the Medicare quality score. Each VA hospital's Medicare quality score is the percentage of measures that met or exceeded the national average. Sometimes, in some cases, CMS feels a hospital did not have enough patients to make a judgment on its quality. In these cases, the Medicare quality scores are not displayed.

You'll find the quality score (when available) on the VA hospital's profile page under the quality scores section. For the Medicare quality score, we also list the details of each measure collected.

4. Recommendations and reviews: Ask your family and friends if they recommend a veteran's hospital (or if they have heard anything about one). Research online. Are reviews favorable? What do current and previous patients say?

How can WhereToFindCare.com help you find the best veteran's hospital?

Use the search tool below to find quality VA hospitals near you. For each hospital in the search results, you can see the address, phone number, fax number, photos, description, reviews, services provided, insurance accepted, ratings, and much more.*

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