SAR/RFS Decision Support Tool
Secondary Authorization Request (SAR)/Request for Services (RFS) Decision Tool
Depending upon your location, you may need to submit a Secondary Authorization Request (SAR) or a Request for Services (RFS). To see a matrix that shows each VA Medical Center (VAMC) requirements, please view our SAR/RFS Matrix tool.
Current program requirements for the Community Care program can make it challenging to determine whether or not a Secondary Authorization Request (SAR) or a Request for Services (RFS) is required.
The SAR/RFS Decision Support Tool has been developed to assist with decision making based on a few easy questions. Specific guidance will be displayed according to the inputs provided.
- This decision tool does not apply to Alaska providers. For information on the Alaska SAR/RFS process, please review the Alaska Process Quick Reference Guide and use the associated Alaska VA SAR form, as required.
- This decision tool does not apply to Durable Medical Equipment (DME) requests. For information on the DME requests please review the SAR Quick Reference Guide.