The Department ofÂ Veteran Affairs and the Defense DepartmentÂ have launched an interagency effort that seeks to assist theÂ transition of service members and veterans whoÂ need complex care management as they transfer within or betweenÂ theÂ DoD and VA healthcare systems.
VA said ThursdayÂ the initiative will designate aÂ lead coordinator for eachÂ service member’s care management teamÂ to provideÂ guidance and assistance to the service members and their families onÂ theÂ benefits and services available to them.
Lead coordinators will guide service members through more than 50 DoD and VA programs under the Interagency Care Coordination Committee Community of Practice that deliver specialty care, VA said.
The department further said itÂ expects aroundÂ 1,500 DoD staff and 1,200 VA staff to be trained as lead coordinators.
“More than a decade of combat has placed enormous demands on a generation of service members and veterans â particularly those who have suffered wounds, injuries or illnesses which require a complex plan of care,” said Karen Guice, IC3 co-chair and principal deputy assistant secretary ofÂ defense for health affairs.
“These individuals require the complex coordination of medical and rehabilitative care, benefits and other services to successfully transition from active duty to veteran status, and to optimally recover from their illnesses or injuries.”
The interagency initiative wasÂ enacted as policy in 2015 as a result ofÂ the efforts of the DoD-VA IC3 established in 2012.