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VA to pilot digital record transfer system

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 13, 2010

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The Dept. of Veterans Affairs is starting a pilot program aimed at reducing the time it takes to receive medical records from private physicians to speed disability claims decisions.

The department has contracted a third party that will collect the medical records from private physicians, then scan them into a digital format. The digital records will then be sent to the VA doctor through a secure network.

The VA hopes this process will reduce the days it takes to receive records from an average of 40 to fewer than 10 and reduce the entire claims approval process to 125 days by 2012.

The pilot project is expected to involve approximately 60,000 record requests from regional benefits offices in Phoenix; New York City; St. Louis; Portland, Ore.; Chicago; Anchorage, Alaska; Indianapolis; and Jackson, Miss.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/12/13/bibf1213.htm.

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