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New Mexico VA Health Care System

 

VLER Health Information Exchange for Veterans

Aerial of the Raymond G Murphy VA Medical Center

There’s a new health service that Veterans seen at Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center and our community clinics may “opt in” to, which connects their VA medical information with non-VA health care providers. It’s the VA Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) for Health.

By David Overson
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Do you see a non-VA health care provider? There’s a new health service that Veterans seen at Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center and at our community clinics may “opt in” to, which connects their VA medical information with non-VA health care providers. It’s the VA Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) for Health.

VLER Health is a program that shares certain parts of your Veteran health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and selected private health care providers over a secure and confidential network known as the eHealth Exchange. This program is free and voluntary for Veterans.

A Veteran may choose to “opt in” or give permission for the VA to share his/her electronic VA health information with non-VA health care provider organizations who participate in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN, aka eHealth Exchange) to partner with VA for treatment purposes. The non-VA health care partner can similarly share their information with providers here at the VA. This network is a common and secure platform for health information exchange across diverse entities and within communities; and it’s available across America.

Why Veterans should opt in for VLER Health:
• Your health and benefits information will travel securely wherever you go for health care, nationwide.
• Electronically sharing relevant health and benefits data improves quality of care, patient safety, and reduces medical errors.
• Having a single portal for health information supports continuity of care and reduces or eliminates redundancy of procedures (such as lab or X-ray tests).
• It’s a cost effective and secure way to share relevant health and benefits data of Veterans and service members with VA, the DoD, and private sector providers.

Who can view my health information? Your non-VA health care provider and VA doctors will both be able to see certain parts of your health record and use it to create a better picture of your overall health.

How do I join? Signing up is fast and easy. You may sign up in person, through the mail, by fax, or online.

In Person: Simply fill out the VA Authorization form (VA Form 10-0485) and turn in at the Release of Information Office (Main Hospital, Bldg. 41, Basement Floor, Room BA-104) at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center; or at our participating community clinics.

By Mail:  Download and fill out the VA Authorization (VA Form 10-0485) and mail the Authorization form to:

Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
 Attn: ROI Office
 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE (136)
 Albuquerque, NM 87108

By Fax: Fax the (VA Form 10-0485) to the NMVAHCS ROI Office at (505) 256-5705.

Online: Simply visit https://www.ebenefits.va.gov and complete the following 4 steps:
 1. Click on ACCESS MY DOCUMENTS at the top of the page.
 2. Scroll down to the Health section and click MANAGE MY AUTHORIZATIONS AND PREFERENCES (VLER)
 3. At the bottom of the page click on SHARE YOUR ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION WITH NON-VA HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.
 4. Highlighted on this page you will find the “VLER Authorization Form” (to share your medical information) and the “VLER Health Revocation Form” (to stop sharing your medical information).
 5. Print out and complete the authorization form. Return it to the NMVAHCS by fax, mail, or in person. Note: Please do NOT email completed forms back to the NMVAHCS.

What if I decide not to join? Participation is entirely voluntary. Deciding not to participate will not affect your Health benefits or your relationship with your doctor and/or the New Mexico VA Health Care System.

What if I join and later change my mind? If you change your mind, you can visit your VA Medical Center website, or call the toll-free VLER Health Information line at 1-877-771-VLER (8537) to request the VLER Health Revocation Form to stop sharing your health information.

If you would like to see which non-VA health care facilities are participating in this program, please visit https://www.va.gov/VLER/. For general questions about VLER Health Information Exchange, call toll-free (877) 771-8573.

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