Poplar Bluff VAMC facility in Paragould scheduled 2,151 medical appointments in August 2019


The Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center, subsidiary 657GG in Paragould, Arkansas scheduled 2,151 pending appointments during the period ending September 1, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 2,150 had a wait time of 30 days or less (100%) and one appointment (0.1%) was 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.

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 do not have service-connected disabilities and who earn a higher income are placed in the lower priority groups.

Poplar Bluff VA Medical Center Appointments Scheduled in August

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled
Appointments Scheduled 30 Days or Less
Appointments Scheduled More than 30 Days
657A4
Poplar Bluff
13,988
13,037
951
657GH
Cape Girardeau
3,709
3,644
65
657GI
Farmington
3,509
3,490
19
657GF
West Plains
2,956
2,917
39
657GG
Paragould
2,151
2,150
1
657GV
Sikeston
1,613
1,598
15
657GW
Pocahontas
660
660
0
657GN
Salem
201
199
2
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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