Deal in works to keep PainCare in Veterans Choice program

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Veterans Administration officials are working on a deal to keep the PainCare medical practice in the Veterans Choice program, officials from both organizations said Thursday.

Efforts by the organizations started Thursday, the day the New Hampshire Union Leader wrote that PainCare, which operates 11 clinics in New Hampshire, would stop seeing Veterans Choice patients as of Feb. 1.

Authorized by the 2104 bipartisan VA reform bill, Veterans Choice allows veterans to get health care outside the VA system when the care is not readily available or a long distance off.

But PainCare and others have complained about bureaucratic delays, and PainCare had planned to drop Veterans Choice patients starting next month.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., wrote Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday and urged him to cut the red tape that’s delayed payments to Veterans Choice healthcare providers. She cited PainCare’s decision.

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