Local veteran says he has to pay for his own surgery

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Bruce Berreth, a veteran, says he has to pay $10,000-$12,000 out of pocket for his knee replacement surgery.
Berreth says he’s chosen to go to the Hughston Clinic but was told Hughston  no longer accepts VA referrals because the clinic is owed 1 and a half million dollars by the VA.
The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System which provides care for Veterans in our area says due to issues with processing of health care claims by the Veterans Choice Contract Provider, Health Net Federal Service, the Hughston clinic is currently not accepting Veterans Choice program referrals.
In the interim, CAVHCS continues to coordinate orthopedic care for Veterans in the Columbus, GA area by utilizing providers in LaGrange, GA, Opelika, AL. and with Martin Army Hospital at Ft. Benning, GA.
Berreth says he prefers Hughston.
We contacted HealthNet Federal Services which was awarded a contract by the VA in 2013 to administer the VA health care program, which includes billing processes, in Georgia. HealthNet emailed the following statement in response to our questions about the unpaid bills.

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CHOICE not paying. I don’t believe this is an isolated incident. Private care will not be available through CHOICE if they don’t pay the bills.



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