VA registration in more than one state
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:32 PM
You have one VA hospital that is your "primary" hospital and I was told by the Houston VA that I needed to have an address in their coverage area in order to be assigned to the Houston VA as my primary.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:18 PM
You will need to register at ANY VA facility you go to. I keep the VA in Lexington as my primary, but I do go to any of the others across the US if I need to.
+1 My Primary is also Lexington, KY and I have visited Va's in Key West, Miami, Melbourne, FL, Fort Campbell,KY, Marine Logistics Base Albany, GA and a few more that I can't remember where. Just remember when you go back to your primary Care doctor, let them know you have been treated at other placed and the files are stored in what they call a Satellite file.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:17 AM
I was told that should I need medical care, I can visit any VA clinic or hospital in the country and receive it there, but without moving my registration to that clinic. Since I have not done so, I can only repeat what I was told, just two weeks ago.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:14 AM
Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:59 AM
I am "registered" at Albuquerque and Memphis. I am seen most in Albq. but I make sure I see someone at Memphis at least once a year to stay in their system. A few years ago I needed surgery on a tumor and decided to get it done in Memphis as I have 3 daughters and grandkids there and one of the daughters is a nurse in the solid tumor clinic at St. Jude. I had to "transfer" Memphis VA as my primary then when I went back to Albq. I had to transfer/designate them as my primary again. There is I lot more I could go on about but I think you get the gist from what I have said. I find it a little frustrating that with there big computer records push they can not make this easier. I am honest and I have copays plus medicare and a co insurance that picks up a lot of the copay. They can not bill medicare for any of the copay amount. They can take so long to process stuff that I sometimes get a bill that I really won't owe. About 2 years ago I got one for 1-cent overdue and a $15. administrative charge for being late. Last year I got one in time for 4-cents but I was going in for an appointment so I stopped by the pay window and tole the lady I was paying it all in pennies as a protest. She at least pretended to think I had made a funny. In Nov. I got a pacemaker and 1 night in hospital for which I got a bill for over $1200. copay that would be paid by co insurance. To avoided the dreaded administrative fee I sent in a small payment then last month I got almost all of it back as an over payment. Damn ain't it fun to play. BTW I have been told that if they owe me one penny they have to send it back to me in a check. I am also told that this can vary from VA sytem to VA system.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:00 PM