Funding for this research was provided by:
The Office of Rural Health in collaboration with the Office of Veterans Access to Care (2017 Office of Rural Health/Under Secretary for Health My VA Access Improvement RFP)
Received: 7 March 2019
Accepted: 9 October 2019
First Online: 22 October 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The Veterans Health Administration Office of Rural Health (ORH) ethics review board deemed this a Quality Improvement project on June 21, 2017. These efforts are not considered human subject research per VA Office of Regulatory Oversight policy 1058.05 and were designated as quality improvement by the VA ORH. Consent for participation in this study was deemed unnecessary since it is a quality improvement program and not a research study.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests. This study did not receive funding/assistance from a commercial organization and has not been peer-reviewed.