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VA Admissions and Discharges

What is Admissions and Discharges?

Admission is the process that occurs when you are treated at a VA hospital and require an overnight stay to continue treatment or care. This is also called an Inpatient stay. A health care provider advises if an overnight stay should occur. There are many reasons for admission but it is typically for medical/nursing/mental health treatment, necessary medical observation, rehabilitation, or surgery. Admissions can extend beyond one day.

Discharge is the process that occurs at the end of the hospital stay when you leave for another destination. This includes but is not limited to home, non-VA facilities, special VA health care units, extended leave of absence, or death.

Note: Your Discharge Summary contains information about your hospital stay. This may include:

  • Diagnosis

  • Results of lab tests and procedures

  • Medications

  • Your condition when you left the hospital

The Discharge Summary also provides information on future plans for tests, procedures, medications and follow-up appointments.

What is the VA Admissions and Discharges report?

VA Admissions and Discharges is a section of the My HealtheVet Personal Health Record (www.myhealth.va.gov), found under the VA Blue Button section. Here VA patients can view their VA Admissions and Discharges reports.


Where does information in my VA Admissions and Discharges come from?

Information in your VA Admissions and Discharges comes from your official VA health record.


What information will I be able to view in my VA Admissions and Discharges?

  • Admission Date/Time: The day, month, year and time recorded for the beginning of the hospital stay

  • Admitting Location: Where the hospital stay occurred. For example, the name of the VA Medical Center

  • Admitting Physician: The name of the physician that admitted you to the hospital for inpatient care

  • Discharge Date/Time: The day, month, year and time recorded for the end of the hospital stay

  • Discharging Physician: The name of the physician that discharged you from the hospital

  • Discharge Summary: Contains information about your hospital stay. This may include:

    • Diagnosis

    • Results of lab tests and procedures

    • Medications

    • Your condition when you left the hospital

The Discharge Summary also provides information on future plans for tests, procedures, medications and follow-up appointments.


What is the difference between the Patient Discharge Instruction Sheet and the VA Admissions and Discharges report?

When you are discharged from the hospital, you will receive an easy-to-read guide known as the Patient Discharge Instruction Sheet. It includes information about your hospital stay and may provide advice for follow-up activities. You will receive this sheet prior to leaving the hospital.

VA Admissions and Discharges can be viewed, downloaded and printed from the VA Blue Button. It is a more detailed view of your hospital stay and includes medical terminology. It is intended to be used by your health care team and provider(s) to determine the best course of treatment for you.


What do I do if the VA Admissions and Discharges section has wording I do not understand?

Visit the Medical Library to learn all that you can about the condition or diagnosis. You can also use Secure Messaging to send a message to your VA health care team.


What are the requirements for viewing VA Admissions and Discharges?

To view your VA Admissions and Discharges you must:

  • Be a Veteran enrolled at a VA health care facility

  • Be registered as a VA Patient in My HealtheVet

  • Have an upgraded Premium* My HealtheVet account*

* To get an upgraded Premium My HealtheVet account, you will need to go through authentication. This is a process by which VA verifies a Veterans' identity before allowing access to your VA health record. To learn more, go to: Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.


What are the benefits of having VA Admissions and Discharges information in My HealtheVet?

The benefits of having VA Admissions and Discharges information in My HealtheVet are:

  • You can view your information at any time, anywhere you have Internet access

  • You are provided with important information which may help you make informed decisions about your health

  • You are able to share your important medical or mental health events with caregivers or non-VA health care providers

  • You can work in partnership with your health care team to ensure that you have a better understanding of your health issues


How can I use information in my VA Admissions and Discharges report?

Sharing your VA Admissions and Discharges information with your non-VA health care providers helps them make better decisions about your health care.


How do I view, print, save or download my VA Admissions and Discharges?

To access your VA Admissions and Discharges:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select Medical Reports link in the dashboard

  • Select Continue

  • You can now select the Types of Information

    • Choose Select one or more types of information

    • Select VA Admissions and Discharges

    • Select Submit

    • Select either Download PDF File for a format that is easy to read and print (.pdf file) or Download for a simple text format (.txt file)

    • Select View/Print if you want a printed list

    • Select the Done box to return to the previous screen

  • Please be aware: Anytime you open/download a .pdf file, you create a temporary file on the computer you are using. There is a risk of exposing your information when you download a .pdf file, especially on public or shared computers. Learn more about protecting your personal health information.


How soon will I be able to view my VA Admissions and Discharges information in My HealtheVet?

Before you can view your VA Admissions and Discharges information it has to be signed and verified by your provider. Generally, your information is available for viewing three (3) calendar days after your VA health care team member signs the note.

If you still cannot view your information in My HealtheVet after seven (7) business days, you can use Secure Messaging to contact your participating VA health care team. You can also contact your VA health care team by telephone.


Should I take a printed copy of my VA Admissions and Discharges to my appointment with my non-VA provider?

Yes, you can use VA Blue Button to download and/or print a copy of your VA Admissions and Discharges.


Is information in My HealtheVet protected, secure, and private?

My HealtheVet is a secure website. The VA follows strict security policies and practices to make sure that your personal health information is safe and protected.


What should I do if I have any questions about my VA Admissions and Discharges information?

If you have questions about your VA Admissions and Discharges information:

  • You can contact your VA health care team. You can contact them by phone, during an upcoming appointment,  or by using Secure Messaging


Can I change the information in my VA Admissions and Discharges report?

No, your information is presented to you the way it is in your official VA health record. If you have questions about your results, please contact your VA health care team or provider.

If you have information regarding your admissions and discharges from non-VA medical facilities, you are encouraged to share this information with VA health care team.


Who do I contact if I have a technical problem with the VA Admissions and Discharges feature?

You can contact My HealtheVet about technical problems you have with the VA Admissions and Discharges feature. Simply complete the Contact Us form to send a message to the My HealtheVet Help Desk. The staff will respond to your inquiry within three (3) business days.