Veterans who haven’t signed up for the health care benefits and services they are entitled to through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are running out of time and excuses.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has launched, providing Americans with more health care insurance choices. Uninsured veterans need to take action by January 1, 2014 to meet the ACA insurance coverage requirement.

If that’s not enough reason to convince veterans to enroll in VA health care, a new report backs up why VA Secretary Eric Shinseki calls the system “world-class care” for veterans.

The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit group that evaluates health care organizations and programs throughout the United States, has accredited all 151 VA medical facilities, which means that all of them meet specific performance standards of quality and care. Thirty-two of these facilities have been named “top performers.”

A top-performing facility is one that has achieved a significantly high standard of accountability and performance based on positive outcomes for patients.

“We are proud of the medical facilities that have been recognized for demonstrating VA’s commitment to provide the high-quality care our Veterans have earned through their service,” said Shinseki in response to the recognition.

VA Strives for Excellence in Health Care Performance

The Joint Commission reviews all VA medical facilities annually. In 2011/2012 there were 19 facilities named as top performers. In 2010, 20 facilities were honored with the distinction, and nine facilities have been found to be top performers for two years in a row.

In a recent press release, VA Undersecretary for Health Dr. Robert Petzel said, “VA health care has been a leader in performance measurement, electronic health records, research and clinical quality for more than a decade. I am proud of the staff that works hard every day to care for America’s Veterans.”

Commission Inspires Improved Health Care

The Joint Commission evaluates more than 20,000 health care organizations and, according to its president and CEO Mark R. Chassin, they are “constantly pushing the envelope of quality and safety, identifying better ways to improve care.” It is considered a high distinction for a health care facility to be given “The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.”

Get Quality Health Care and Coverage

So, if the ACA and its requirement to have health insurance by 2014 is not enough of an incentive to sign up for VA health care, perhaps knowing that 32 of the 151 VA medical facilities in the country have been given the distinction of being  “top performers” this year, and that all VA medical facilities are accredited and certified by The Joint Commission for providing quality care and services to veterans.

For a full list of the 32 top-performing facilities with website links click here.

Read more about what veterans need to know about the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll in VA health care.

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