VA reports increase in number of appointments at St. Louis, MO VAMC health facility (657) in August


The St. Louis, MO VA Medical Center, subsidiary 657 in St. Louis, Missouri scheduled 53,084 pending appointments in August compared to 52,628 the previous month, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 49,694 had a wait time of 30 days or less (93.6%) and 3,390 appointments (6.4%) 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.

St. Louis, MO VA Medical Center 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
657
St. Louis John Cochran, MO (John Cochran)
53,084
52,628
0.9%
657A0
St. Louis Jefferson Barracks, MO
28,272
28,525
-0.9%
657BU
St. Louis-Jefferson Barracks, MO - VADOM
30
4
650%
657GA
St. Clair County, IL
4,136
4,091
1.1%
657GB
St. Louis County, MO
4,554
4,346
4.8%
657GD
St. Charles County, MO
4,333
4,245
2.1%
657GX
Washington Avenue, MO
4,024
4,211
-4.4%
657GY
Manchester Avenue, MO
3,522
3,487
1%
657QA
Olive Street, MO
5,115
5,142
-0.5%
657QE
Scott Air Force Base, IL
66
56
17.9%

Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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