2013-11-14 / Lifestyles

Area clinic reaches out to vets

IRON MOUNTAIN – Every day is Veterans Day for the staff at the VA Rural Outreach Clinic in Manistique, which served over 400 area veterans in the last year. The VA clinic offers a variety of health care services to area veterans, including primary care and mental health services and referrals for specialty care services with specialists at other VA medical centers.

Additionally, in an effort to bring quality health care closer to home, there are currently over 30 specialty care clinic appointments that may be accomplished via telehealth video technology. This allows a patient at the Manistique clinic to be seen by a specialist at the Milwaukee, Madison or Iron Mountain VA Medical Centers through state of the art clinical video equipment with all the necessary accessories to conduct a thorough examination.

The clinic is also home to a VA field-based team that serves chronic mentally ill veterans in central and eastern Upper Peninsula.

The VA has transformed how it delivers care to its Veterans by implementing the Patient Aligned Care Team Model to provide more patient centric care to its Veterans.

PACT is team based care that partners with the Veteran. This means the Veteran works with a core team of health care professionals at the Manistique VA Clinic to receive quality, comprehensive care with an emphasis on lifelong preventive health and wellness.

PACT also emphasizes coordinated care. The VA health care team coordinates all aspects of a Veteran’s health care to include within the clinic, with specialists at other VA medical centers, or with non-VA providers. The objective is to ensure seamless coordination and continuity of care for the patient.

The VA’s Manistique Clinic is located at 813 East Lakeshore Drive and currently has eight employees, including a physician, psychologist and two social workers.

Enrollment in VA health care meets the minimum coverage standards required by the Affordable Care Act. The benefits of VA health care and eligibility requirements can be found at http:// www. va. gov/ health/ aca/ NonEnrolledVeterans.asp.

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