38 CFR 17.54 - Necessity for prior authorization.

§ 17.54 Necessity for prior authorization.

(a) The admission of a veteran to a non-Department of Veterans Affairs hospital at Department of Veterans Affairs expense must be authorized in advance. In the case of an emergency which existed at the time of admission, an authorization may be deemed a prior authorization if an application, whether formal or informal, by telephone, telegraph or other communication, made by the veteran or by others in his or her behalf is dispatched to the Department of Veterans Affairs (1) for veterans in the 48 contiguous States and Puerto Rico, within 72 hours after the hour of admission, including in the computation of time Saturday, Sunday and holidays, or (2) for veterans in a noncontiguous State, territory or possession of the United States (not including Puerto Rico) if facilities for dispatch of application as described in this section are not available within the 72-hour period, provided the application was filed within 72 hours after facilities became available.

(b) When an application for admission by a veteran in one of the 48 contiguous States in the United States or in Puerto Rico has been made more than 72 hours after admission, or more than 72 hours after facilities are available in a noncontiguous State, territory of possession of the United States, authorization for continued care at Department of Veterans Affairs expense shall be effective as of the postmark or dispatch date of the application, or the date of any telephone call constituting an informal application.

[ 42 FR 55212, Oct. 14, 1977. Redesignated at 61 FR 21965, May 13, 1996]

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U.S. Code: Title 38 - VETERANS’ BENEFITS

Title 38 published on 11-Jan-2018 03:55

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 38 CFR Part 17 after this date.

  • 2018-01-31; vol. 83 # 21 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    1. 83 FR 4452 - Medical Care in Foreign Countries and Filing for Reimbursement for Community Care Not Previously Authorized by VA
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      Proposed rule.
      Written comments must be received on or before April 2, 2018.
      38 CFR Part 17