Chandler, VA partner to improve vet health care

Posted at 6:45 AM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 08:45:48-05

Chandler and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs are teaming up to improve health care for military veterans in the Phoenix suburb.

The city Fire, Health and Medical Department and the VA health care system in Phoenix on Tuesday began a six-month pilot program that is intended to ensure that Chandler veterans receive timely and appropriate care, including scheduling of follow-up medical services.

Under the project, city personnel responding to emergency medical calls will screen patients to identify veterans and start connecting them to VA medical services and benefits.

The project includes in-home visits from community paramedics who will assess patients' health care needs with VA nurse practitioners via mobile tablets.

Officials hope the effort will improve care and decrease the frequency of 911 calls and emergency room visits.