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Reimbursement of the Medical Care Appropriation


NPC Reimbursing VA Medical Care Appropriation for Clinical Services Provided Purely for Research Purposes

Federal regulation 38 CFR § 17.102 and provisions in VHA manuals dating back to the 1980s have been interpreted to require NPCs to reimburse VAMCs for clinical services (x-rays, laboratory tests, MRIs, etc.) provided to non-veterans and to veterans participating in NPC-administered studies when the clinical services provided are over and above standard of care and purely for research purposes.

It is incumbent on each NPC to work with its affiliated VAMC to establish an MOU between the NPC and the VAMC that provides for reimbursement and applicable policies and procedures.


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