Muskogee VAMC facility (623BY) in Tulsa scheduled 21,740 medical appointments in August 2019


The Muskogee VA Medical Center, subsidiary 623BY in Tulsa, Oklahoma scheduled 21,740 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, 20,442 had a wait time of 30 days or less (94%) and 1,298 appointments (6%) 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.

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.

Muskogee 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
623
Muskogee
27,174
25,971
1,203
623BY
Tulsa
21,740
20,442
1,298
623QB
Tulsa Eleventh Street
5,456
4,984
472
623GB
Vinita
2,728
2,709
19
623GA
McAlester
2,224
2,180
44
623QA
Muskogee East
2,177
2,114
63
623QC
Tulsa
1,548
1,541
7
623GC
Idabel
941
933
8
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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