Memphis VAMC facility in Tupelo scheduled 4,614 medical appointments in August 2019


The Memphis VA Medical Center, subsidiary 614GA in Tupelo, Mississippi scheduled 4,614 pending appointments during the period ending September 1, according to data collected from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Of the total number of appointments, 4,600 had a wait time of 30 days or less (99.7%) and 14 appointments (0.3%) 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.

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 do not have service-connected disabilities and who earn a higher income are placed in the lower priority groups.

Memphis VA Medical Center Appointments Scheduled in August

Facility Code
Location
Total Appointments Scheduled
Appointments Scheduled 30 Days or Less
Appointments Scheduled More than 30 Days
614
Memphis
56,719
52,167
4,552
614GF
Nonconnah Boulevard
13,362
12,815
547
614GE
Covington
4,783
4,667
116
614GA
Tupelo
4,614
4,600
14
614GB
Jonesboro
3,518
3,493
25
614GG
Jackson
2,239
2,169
70
614GC
Holly Springs
1,512
1,510
2
614GD
Savannah
1,174
1,164
10
614GI
Dyersburg
906
839
67
614GN
Helena-West Helena
657
624
33
Source: U.S. Veteran's Administration

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