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What new technologies and strategies can we use to be more open, efficient and save taxpayer money?

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Tracking of claims

It would be a big help to the VA and all veterans and associated systems and backlogs, if the VA could track veterans pending claims and appeals online with a tracking system like UPS or FEDEX, or some of the large online retailers. If the veteran can simply see that him claim is in the system and is in some stage of processing, that would save the VA tons of time to do other things, because there would be no need to ...more »

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nightmare at dallas va medical center

this past week - i took my mother to the va medical center in dallas for a routine appointment - (which she went to) we went back to her standard clinic and wanted a doctor or nurse or someone to look at a wound that is not healing. she has poor circulation, and has been hospitalized before for wound care when she was in a nursing home; i did not want a repeat of that. you would think by the response of some of ...more »

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Help Veterans and their families discover their benefits

Nearly 75% of veterans do not know their complete benefits available to them. My company has created a unique veteran outreach program featuring our interactive kiosks. I have included a web link below for you to preview the program kiosks as well. http://www.meisseproductions.com/veteran/index.html The Veteran Outreach Program: The specific goal for the Veteran Outreach Program is to educate veterans and ...more »

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Standardize the VA Presumption System for Exposure Veterans

There is no statutory procedure to follow nor are there any VA application FORMS published so that groups of toxic exposure veterans can file for, and expeditiously receive, Presumption Service Connected statusing for hazardous exposure causations. We are all klunking around out here shuffling from one place to the next trying to hook into just the process itself. An Act of Congress doesn't cut it for medical ...more »

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Out sourcing of Veterans w/ VA Healthcare becoming an HMO

if DOD will becoming a joint partner with the VA, all medical records will already be on hand for the membership numbers. VA has some extreme intelligent executives who are far above the patients and healthcare professionals within the facilities - most affiliated with universities. if possible to hand over the healthcare, hands on treatment to the university staff, transferring all present VA healthcare (hands ...more »

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Making VA a "Great Place to Work"

In testimony before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Secretary Shinseki said that one of VA's strategic goals is to "improve workforce satisfaction and make VA an employer of choice." I'd like to suggest using the model developed by the Great Place to Work Institute, which is used in Fortune Magazine's annual list of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For." That model has five dimensions: Measures of CREDIBILITY ...more »

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Improving Organizational Performance

President Obama has expressed his intention that VA be transformed into a 21st century organization, and Secretary Shinseki has expressed his commitment to making VA "people centric, results driven, and forward looking." My suggestion is to expand on the Secretary's vision by increasing VA's use of the Baldrige Criteria to measure and improve organizational performance. Currently, VA uses the Baldrige Criteria as ...more »

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claims backlog

The claims back log will take several initatives. It will take extreme collaboration from all (VA,veterans, and the private sectors). One preception from the general public and veterans is that VA is waiting for most vets to die off before the claim is processed. It is unrealistic for VA to process claims for WWII vet as it does for a healthy vet just being released from active service. More importantly a veteran that ...more »

Submitted by (@lwstokes40)

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CLAIMS PROCESSING BACKLOG

This was a serious problem back in 1970, when I returned from Vietnam. It's discouraging to hear that it is still a problem after all these years. Perhaps another key to solving this problem would be to become more efficient in other areas. For example I recently received a 10 page "letter" initialed by 3 employees and signed by a fourth, when a 1 page letter would have been sufficient. Also, by way of example, I'm now ...more »

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture has a proven track record for reducing pain and helping people feel happier and more hopeful. It calms people down and helps them perform better. Military personnel and veterans deserve to get the best. There are studies available where acupuncture has been shown to reduce the need for as many pain relieving medications. It is used in detox centers to help people get off drugs.

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