VA reports decrease in number of appointments at Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC health facility in Ravenna in August


The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, subsidiary 541GK in Ravenna, Ohio scheduled 5,698 pending appointments in August compared to 5,853 the previous month, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 5,395 had a wait time of 30 days or less (94.7%) and 303 appointments (5.3%) 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.

Louis Stokes Cleveland 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
541
Cleveland, OH (Louis Stokes Cleveland)
64,966
63,373
2.5%
541BY
Canton, OH
17,123
16,929
1.1%
541BZ
Youngstown, OH
11,946
11,708
2%
541GB
Lorain, OH
10,765
10,524
2.3%
541GC
Sandusky, OH
7,533
7,419
1.5%
541GD
Mansfield, OH (David F. Winder)
13,283
13,378
-0.7%
541GE
McCafferty, OH
1,245
1,344
-7.4%
541GF
Lake County, OH
11,065
11,058
less than 0.1%
541GG
Akron, OH
18,011
16,983
6.1%
541GH
East Liverpool, OH
4,298
3,977
8.1%
541GI
Warren, OH
3,920
3,692
6.2%
541GJ
New Philadelphia, OH
4,853
4,736
2.5%
541GK
Ravenna, OH
5,698
5,853
-2.6%
541GL
Parma, OH
26,033
25,713
1.2%
541GM
Cleveland Superior Avenue, OH
32
32
0%
541QB
Cleveland Euclid Avenue, OH
1,050
1,107
-5.1%

Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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