Veterans made 21.3 million appointments through the Patient-Centered Community Care program in fiscal year 2015, about 20% more than in FY 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced today. Another 3 million veterans were authorized to receive private sector care through the Veterans Choice Program between February 2015 and February 2016, a 12% increase from the prior 12 months, the agency said. More than 257,000 providers participate in the two programs, which are being consolidated with other VA purchased-care programs into a New Veterans Choice Program that will implement a care coordination model across the care continuum.