Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence

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About MSCoE - Mission and Goals

The MS Centers of Excellence (MSCoE) established by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in 2003, is committed to serving the health care needs of approximately 28,000 veterans with MS.  The Centers of Excellence are located in Seattle and Portland (MSCoE, West) and Baltimore (MSCoE, East).  These cooperative centers are organized around four functional cores:

  1. Clinical Care
  2. Education and Training
  3. Research and Development
  4. Informatics and Telemedicine

The Centers of Excellence are dedicated to further the understanding of the disease, its impact on veterans, and effective treatments to help manage MS symptoms.  By partnering with veterans, caregivers, and health care providers the Centers hope to minimize disease impairment and increase the quality of life for veterans with MS.

Our Mission

To provide the best possible care for veterans with MS and provide a valuable resource for MS health care providers across the country.

Our Goals

The Centers of Excellence overall goals are to improve the quality and consistency of health services delivered to veterans with MS across the country.  The MS Centers of Excellence are influencing providers and veterans using a population-based management model.  Essential elements to this model are the availability of a national registry of veterans who have been diagnosed with MS, the ability to impact services at the point-of-care with electronic medical record tools, and the development of face-to-face and distant education and training options for health professionals and veterans to facilitate evidence-based delivery of services.  Integration of the above elements permits short and long term assessment of interventions and modification to achieve goals.