VA reports increase in number of appointments at Oklahoma City VAMC health facility (635QB) in August


The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, subsidiary 635QB in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma scheduled 9,667 pending appointments in August compared to 9,430 the previous month, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 9,593 had a wait time of 30 days or less (99.2%) and 74 appointments (0.8%) 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.

Oklahoma City 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
635
Oklahoma City, OK
71,656
70,396
1.8%
635GA
Lawton, OK
15,520
14,344
8.2%
635GB
Wichita Falls, TX
3,748
3,552
5.5%
635GC
Blackwell, OK
373
383
-2.6%
635GD
Ada, OK
304
292
4.1%
635GE
Stillwater, OK
1,616
1,480
9.2%
635GF
Altus, OK
1,195
1,153
3.6%
635GG
Enid, OK
1,091
1,050
3.9%
635HB
Ardmore, OK
1,542
1,446
6.6%
635QA
North May, OK
3,745
3,070
22%
635QB
South Oklahoma City, OK
9,667
9,430
2.5%

Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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