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Montana VA Health Care System

 

Montana VA Primary Care Provider update, Feb. 2018

image of MTVA map with PCP staffing and locations as of Feb. 9, 2018

Montana VA manages 37.1 full-time primary care provider positions to provide primary care through 39 teams at 15 different sites across the state. As of Feb. 9, 33.45 of those positions were filled.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact(s): Mike Garcia, mike.garcia@va.gov, 406-447-7303

Montana VA Primary Care Provider Staffing Update for February 2018

Fort Harrison, Mont. – The Montana VA Health Care System has recently received numerous inquiries concerning primary care provider vacancies across the state.

The Montana VA executive leadership team wants our Veterans, their families and the public to know the facts:
  • The reports of widespread unavailability of primary care in the Montana VA are false.
  • We currently require 37.1 full-time equivalent employee (FTEE) providers to care for our Veterans.
  • As of Feb. 9, there are 33.45 FTEE (38 individual providers) on hand and seeing patients.
  • There are 5.5 current FTEE (8 individual providers) who have given notice they will be leaving or reducing their hours
  • As of Feb. 9, there are a total of 8.5 FTEE (10 individual providers) scheduled to join the Montana VA between March 5 thru the end of May.
  • There are currently 2.0 FTEE vacant positions (one in Billings and one at Fort Harrison) without a known replacement and active recruitment efforts are underway
  • Gaps in coverage are being managed with telehealth providers from other sites and with locum tenens providers.
"There is a nationwide shortage of primary care providers and in rural states like Montana the shortage can be even more significant," said Dr. Kathy Berger, Director of the Montana VA Health Care System. "Although primary care provider staffing is always fluid, I am confident that we have what we need to serve our Veterans through direct care, telehealth, or community care at all of our locations."

Full story release with tabulated data HERE.

Status Map of Primary Care Providers (as of Feb. 9, 2018) HERE




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