ERIC Number: ED348834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Payment for Assistive Devices by the Veterans Administration.
Reeb, Kenneth G., Jr.; Stripling, Thomas E.
This report provides an overview of the Veterans Administration (VA) and how it pays for assistive devices for veterans. It explains the VA payment structure and decision-making responsibilities concerning assistive equipment. Following an introductory section, the report provides background on the VA system, summarizing its legislative origins, organizational structure, benefits, and eligibility guidelines. The report then describes the VA's payment process for equipment, identifying the various levels of decision making and control. This section outlines the phases in the payment process, including gaining access to the area's VA Medical Center, having the veteran's needs assessed, and procurement and delivery of the prosthetic appliances. The report also discusses some of the policy-setting mechanisms whereby the VA determines the types of equipment it covers and how it ensures that it remains up to date. The report stresses that procurement for assistive devices can vary significantly depending upon the policies and resources of the VA Medical Center in a particular area. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC. Rehabilitation Engineering Center.