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Here are the nuts and bolts from application through treatment-scheduling of your procedure(s) should you be accepted to our program!
STEP 1: V.I.P. Veteran Application/Entry Form Includes
📍Submission of DD214
📍Submission of Drivers Lisence Discharge
📍Access to MRI’s of areas of concern conducted within the previous 12 months
📍Presence of soft tissue within affected area(s)
📍The degree to which their condition(s) has affected their quality of life and that of their family, friendships and ability to engage with the outside world.
📍Agreement to participate actively in his/her healing process and commitment to V.I.P.’s post-procedure directives, and acceptance / understanding as to the uncertainty of results and patience necessary in enduring a traditional OrthoBiologic recovery of 9-12 months.
📍Veteran is Officially Cancer Free for at least one year.
📍Veteran is devoid of Heart Disease
STEP 2: Submission of our V.I.P. Liability Waiver
STEP 3: Our V.I.P. Veteran Zoom Introductory Meetings
This step is crucial to our ability to properly assess each Veteran for candidacy and in assigning a potential physician match.
This personal conversation with our Founder is 45-60 minutes and essential to understanding the wants and needs of each and every Veteran applicant, independent of the official application.
Topics will include:
📍 We explain the various modalities existing in the field of Functional medicine which may incorporate various components which their potential V.I.P. physician may or may not discuss.
📍A personal overview of Veteran's history, nature of onset, and story of degeneration and how it has impacted their life and that of their family.
📍Previous efforts and any surgeries conducted on their journey toward healing.
📍That V.I.P. is solely a facilitator, and does not guarantee treatment, but the opportunity to be scheduled for a physician consult who will then approve or deny procedure(s) uniquely based on their expertise and findings.
📍Certain funding resources available to assist in covering hard costs of each procedure if V.I.P. or the Veterans is unable to cover such costs.
📍To explain the unpredictability of select Functional and Interventional recoveries.
📍Discuss the essentials of engaging in our multidisciplinary post procedural support system available to each Veteran through our extensive network of options generously provided and available through our program.
I’m matched, now what?
From the time you have notified VIP that you have MRI images of your affected areas which have been taken within the past 12 months, please wait 14 days for VIP to search for an appropriate VIP Physician match for your case. If you have not heard from a VIP physician’s office within two weeks, please text Micaela at 310-990-8389 and we will be sure to follow up on our submission of your case.
Once you have scheduled your Consultation, make sure you have all MRI imaging in accessible formats. If it is a local in-person consult this would be a disc. If your physician match is out of state, your consultation may then be Tele-health for which we request you either fedex a disc of images to the physician’s office ahead of time, or upload the MRI imaging to a shareable Dropbox folder or upload them to your myhealthevet account for link sharing.
Do not schedule any procedure until you have confirmed exactly what, if any, hard costs might be included. Ask yourself if you can cover these costs? If not, please contact Micaela for help in obtaining referrals to our fellow funding organizations.
If the Physician needs a PRP or BMAC kit to conduct your procedure(s), these are generously donated by EmCyte Corporation eliminating a healthy portion of such costs. The Physician’s office is to reach out to Micaela and she will connect them directly with EmCyte corporate to obtain these pro bono kits.
If there are any hard costs for any procedure, or hotel / food/ travel costs entailed in order to make a Veteran’s procedure possible, until VIP is able to regain its ability otherwise, these are the responsibility of the veteran. If these cost are outside of the Veteran’s means, VIP helps to introduce the veteran to funding orgs it is aware of.
Please be aware of ALL potential hard costs of your procedure(s) PRIOR to scheduling the actual procedure(s). Be sure ALL procedure, hotel and meal costs are CONFIRMED & COVERED PRIOR to contacting Veterans Airlift Command for Flights.
If you need travel
Please know that pro bono air travel is available through our partners at Veterans Airlift Command www.veteransairlift.org. Your flight request goes out to their extensive roster of volunteer private pilots with their own planes, who pay for their own gas. It is from your submission that a pilot will accept your flight request, sacrificing their own personal time and expenses to do so, and are just wonderful people. So please be careful if possible so as not to cancel or rearrange your flight needs as this impacts their time on a personal level.
Again, Please have your confirmed treatment dates as well as any additional funding requirements you may need in order to make your procedure or trip there possible, as well as current soft tissue imaging in hand, BEFORE making your flight request to either organization.
The flight applications will need to know your
Name of Practitioner:
Address of Treatment: ______________
Date of Treatment:______________
Arrival Flight Date (the day prior to your appt time)
Departure Flight Date (the day after your appt time)
You must mention you are a Veterans In Pain VIP Veteran in your request, otherwise you may be rejected as we have a unique arrangement with their team to allow coverage for our Veterans’ travel.
Most important to achieving optimal results, is to please follow our Directives! www.veteransinpain.org/directives These are hard core tested and proven bullet points as to what works in support of regenerative procedures. Essential and above all of them are - No Anti-inflammatory medications and no alcohol for 2 weeks pre and 3 weeks post procedure, as well as HYDRATE!
Most of all, please know we are always here for you, and are not a one-and-done organization. We care deeply about each and every Veteran who comes through our program, and want to ensure we address as much healing as is possible for each Hero who has come to us for help.
STEP 4: V.I.P. Quality of Life Survey
This may be the most important Step for each VIP Veteran to take as information gathered due to these submissions with provide the hard numerical data necessary for us to implement our long term initiatives to implement long term ACCESSIBLE Regenerative and Alternative Solutions for Veterans suffering from chronic pain.
We are currently conducting our VIP IRB-Certified Study through the invaluable information provided by our VIP Veterans in Step 4, on the effects of OrthoBiologic solutions on the quality of life of Veterans suffering from joint-specific and spine related chronic pain conditions. This is STEP 4 of our Veteran facilitation process, and is the most important step to our long-term mission in establishing accessible Regenerative solutions for Veterans suffering from chronic pain.This numerical hard-data collective will be published without any Veteran's identifying factors, and is essential to commencing our VIP Legislative Initiative, The Regenerative Therapies for Veterans Act - Government funding of Orthobiologics and Alternative solutions for Veterans suffering from chronic pain.
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