LVMAC Tidbit: VA Pushing Automated Travel Claims

April 14, 2021

Brand-New Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS)

The Veterans Health Administration is urging those who seek travel reimbursement to use an automated, self-serve system through a newly released, six-part video series. See below. Hopefully they will not abuse those veterans who do not have access to the internet, something that is common in Pennsylvania, especially among the older veterans — but not necessarily so.

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LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC opens the gates on COVID-19 vaccinations

March 10, 2021

Good news!  If you are enrolled in the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Centers’ healthcare system, your age or condition no longer matter for getting the COVID-19 Vaccination.  Those not enrolled with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center’s healthcare system will have to do so.  Read the “Background” of the advisory below.  Inquire regardless.  Click on the image to read.

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As of 10 March 2021


LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC Changes Its COVID-19 Guidance — What a Difference Three Days Make

February 8, 2021

Today, just after publishing over the weekend the Wilkes-Barre VAMC’s 5 February call-out to those veterans 75 or older, Wilkes-Barre VAMC again changed its policy.  Now you can be 65 or older and can get the vaccine at your local clinic.

What is next?   We have heard that some VA Medical Centers are enrolling veterans on-site with proof of a DD Form 214, if they have not been using the VA healthcare system.

Stand by for news.

Here is the new policy: Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC “Don’t Call Policy” Ends for COVID-19

February 7, 2021

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center has just announced it is issuing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 75 and older under the conditions below.  No doubt because of special storage requirements, the vaccine will only be issued at the Medical Center itself and not from closer outpatient clinics — not exactly the best option for a 75 year old or, for that matter, anyone who lives in the Lehigh Valley.

However, it is a good step forward; and considering the vaccines are free no matter the source, you have more local options already. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VAMC Newsletter

January 20, 2021

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As of 20 January 2021

LVMAC Tidbit: Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Virtualizes Its Community Town Hall

October 8, 2020

What:  The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre is hosting a Live Virtual Community Town Hall Meeting through Wilkes-Barre VA Facebook page. Veterans, family members and the public can provide online feedback utilizing the live chat feature during the broadcast.

Who:  Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Director Russell E. Lloyd will host the meeting.   All are welcome as this is a public meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit: VA’s “Bangor Clinic” Reopens

September 29, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre announced today the re-opening of our Tobyhanna and Northampton (Bangor, PA) Community Based Outpatient Clinics at a 50% face-to-face pre-COVID capacity, effective 28 September.  All services remain available, and veterans who need to be seen will be scheduled for care. Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit: Pennsylvania’s VA Healthcare Network Reports Out

September 15, 2020

In the latest issue of Vision for Excellence, VISN-4 highlights the work of its front-line staff in caring for veterans and keeping them safe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also highlights several winners of our quarterly “I CARE” Awards and reports on how VISN 4 is improving access to care.

Pages 7 and 12 address VA prescription management, a concern expressed by some veterans Read the rest of this entry »

LVMAC Tidbit: VA Promoting “Gerofit”

September 11, 2020

Apparently, the VA has launched a new initiative called, “Gerofit”, for its elderly veterans — a sizeable portion of the population it serves.   Accordingly, this effort may be of some value to you in improving the quality of your life — something practicable in subject area of preventive healthcare and akin to the idea of “SilverSneakers” available in some Medicare plans but in a more integrated way. Read the rest of this entry »

VA closes Northampton County outpatient clinic over workload caused by the pandemic

June 4, 2020

The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center has announced it will be temporarily closing the Northampton County Clinic in the vicinity of Bangor as of 4:30 p.m. today.  It was a short notice notification.  Those seeking seeking in-person care will have to travel to the Allentown Outpatient Clinic or Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center,  both over 45 minutes away from the current location.

Their announcement stated that this was being done out of an abundance of caution related to the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus illness.  A little late to think of that. Read the rest of this entry »

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