Riba and Adams op-ed: Four ways Michigan providers can prepare to serve aging veterans
In a Lansing State Journal op-ed, CHRT Research and Evaluation Director Melissa Riba, and VA Ann Arbor health physician Dr. Megan Adams, share findings from a recent analysis of the readiness and capacity of Michigan’s primary and specialty care providers to serve, and provide high-quality care to, the state’s aging veterans.
Based on the assessment, Riba and Adams also offer four recommendations for Michigan health and mental health care providers, payers, and systems–recommendations that may be of interest to other states–that wish to improve community-based health care for aging veterans:
- Screen all patients for veteran status,
- Learn about the specific health needs of veterans,
- Explore veteran and military culture, and
- Better understand the resources and services covered and offered by the Veterans Health Administration.