“There should never be an opioid prescription to a veteran that the VA isn’t aware of,” one expert says. But when you outsource VA care, it’s not that easy.
“The problem, according to the IG report, is that a veteran’s private providers and VA doctors aren’t always talking to each other, and as a result, they may work at cross-purposes. “Non-VA providers do not consistently have access to critical healthcare information on the veterans they are treating,” the report says. And while Veterans Affairs doctors can query state prescription databases to see if patients are getting prescribed drugs outside the VA system, they rarely do, unless they’re prescribing a new controlled drug to a patient.”
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The opiod epidemic is real and is hitting veterans hard. The problem highlights another problem with the CHOICE program. The CHOICE doctor and the VA doctor don’t always talk to each other and CHOICE doctors access to VA healthcare records is spotty. Veterans safety is at risk if the docs prescribing meds don’t have a complete picture of the veterans medical records and prescription history.