The U.S. Department of Treasury published a final rule on Electronic Funds Transfer (31 C.F.R. 208) on Dec. 21, 2010. This rule requires that all federal payments be made electronically. This requirement includes payments made to non-VA medical and dental providers. Non-VA medical care providers have two options to meet this requirement.
First, you can choose to receive payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). To enroll in EFT, you’ll need to complete a Vendor File Update Request form and fax it to 512-460-5221. Please note, converting from paper checks to EFT will reduce payment processing times. Please call the VA Financial Services Center at 512-460-5049 for more information.
A second option is the VA SmartPay Purchased Care Card Program. You can read more about that program below:
The Non-VA Medical Care Program is a tremendous service to America's Veterans and allows them to receive health care from non-VA medical care providers. Your support of our Veterans through participation in the Non-VA Medical Care Program is an important element of their care by providing quality, convenience and easy access.The VA SmartPay Purchased Care Card Program offers rapid electronic claims payments for non-VA medical care vendors. The VA will pay your VA non-VA medical care claims using their SmartPay Purchase Card. These payments will be made electronically to your bank account. You can track and manage your non-VA medical care payments using your Internet browser. To access your new account, click on the following link: https://www.vahcps.fsc.va.gov/Login.aspx and follow the instructions to login or create a new account.