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VA Hospitals

Totally do away with them! Instead, offer a VA healthcare insurance similar to tricare that must be accepted at any medical facility. It makes me vomit when I go to Nashville with my wife and take her to the luxurious Vanderbilt Hospital for her care and then I go across the street to the ghetto, broke down, over crowded, under/improperly staffed VA hospital.

Let medical professionals provide the actual health care... more »

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Compensation and Benefits Pay On-line

If DOD (DFAS) can provide "secure" on-line access to retirees about their retired pay, why can't DVA? This on-line access should include any CRDP or CRSC retro pay the veteran may be entitled to aloang with the status of any claim for service connected disability. This access might "force" those processing claims be a little more diligent in their duties.

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Enact statutory timelimits on processing claims

The Congress (or VA through the CFR process) should enact timelimits for performance on the processing of claims. This will provide for due process on the part of veterans, and make metrics and performance management on the part of the VA much easier to assess. VA may be scared of actually having to deal with performance standards, but welcome to the real world--either perform or become irrelevant (gee, think somebody... more »

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Cost comparisions

VA should post unit cost data for the most popular modalities of care procedures, processes and contracts utilized in providing care/services to veterans. This would allow the general public to see how effective taxes dollars are spent. This would also offer potential competitors an opportunity to provide less expensive, quality alternatives thus creating healthy competition and ensuring the most cost effective delivery... more »

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TURBO VA

I think that a lot of times the claims process is delayed because the VA is unsure of what the Veteran is claiming. Also I think that the Veteran is confused by the 23-page application. I think that it would be a great idea if we would change the application to work more like turbo tax. I think that this could simply the process. For example if a veteran listed his dates of service from 2003 to 2008 the system would not... more »

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Stop wasting on fraudelent claims and look at evidence

My name is Randall Dean Reed and I retired from the United States Naval Service in October of 1998. Since that time I have been in the process of claiming dissability that occured while I was in the service. My condition deals with my back (upper and lower). During my time in the service I fell and injured my right knee and back. I had two surgeries on my right knee and over 30 steroid injections in my back to try... more »

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Senior Leadership Service in the Field

One of the greatest challenges faced at the VA is cultural divide between the DC central office and the medical center, VARO, etc, in the field - this in addition internal organizational rivalry. A possible way to bridge this gap would be creating opportunites for SES level staff (including political appointees) to volunteer, atleast one week per year, in the field at any hospital, clinic, VetCenter, etc.

In this role... more »

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STOP DEPORTING U.S.MILITARY VETERANS

Please help us stop the deportation of U.S.Military Veterans.
We are Nationals of The United States as per The U.S.Military Oath of Enlistment,and section 1101(a)(22)of The Immigration and Nationality Act.We are also Nationals because of The Status of Forces Agreement(S.O.F.A.)
When and if we are killed while on active duty,our coffins are draped with an American Flag just like everyone else and then we are buried as... more »

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I don't see how this is off topic; Or be moved or "closed"

I think this is a real issue especially in term of access & cooperation between state/federal levels.
Closing it and moving to off topic misses my point, sorry if I am saying "the emperor has no closes".

I think accountability is key.

Sincerely,
Mr. Christopher C. Pieschala
Veteran of Operation Desert Storm - USAF

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My current struggle. Annoyed Chicagoan.
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STOP DEPORTING HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS of U.S.Military

Will you PLEASE help us bring to light and expose this unjust and unfair treatment of U.S.Military Veterans.We are Nationals of The United States as per The U.S.Military Oath of Enlistment,and section 1101(a)(22)of The Immigration and Nationality Act.We are also Nationals because of The Status of Forces Agreement(S.O.F.A.) The National Lawyers Guild and The Military Law Task Force have both passed Resolutions for us,but... more »

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Medicare vs. VAHCS Benefits - Shouldn't they be Complimentary?

The vet and the VA have resource allocation issues from time to time. As mentioned elsewhere, it is an inherent conflict for the VAHCS to have to budget the care being provided. Within the VA system this conflict shows especially where referals to private medical serices are needed; where costly services are required [e.g. pain management by P.T., or by drugs or both versus prompt surgical treatment]; or where referrals... more »

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Set up Solution Architecture Innovation Lab (SAIL)

The advent of the SOA and Cloud Computing has increased a proliferation of IT standards and open source products supported in a “plug and play” paradigm. These technologies define a new model for enterprise computing that promises to address critical IS needs not adequately addressed by the traditional client-server model:
 Improved adaptability of enterprise architectures through formal methods, mentoring, education,... more »

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Entry to the VA System Needs to be Automatic Upon Discharge

Currently, the VA leaves it up to the discharged or retired Veteran to approach the VA to get signed up and into the VA system. Result is that most fall through the cracks. The VA and DoD need to work together with the goal that every single person coming off of Active Duty, retiring or leaving the Guard or Reserves is automatically signed up with the VA. That would be so very simple with computerized records. The... more »

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Closing the gap in the workforce for military occupations

In the United States today we have an ever groing need for skilled workers in a wide variety of special occupations. (Nurses, CNA’s, CMA’s, Nurse practioners, Long Haul Truck Drivers and the list goes on).
Millions of dollars are being lost due to the cost of re-training.
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Filling the need for qualified works in special occupations is not new. That need has been with our society for a lot... more »

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Merge Claims Processing Services for CHAMPVA and Tricare

CHAMPVA and Tricare benefit claims are processed by two separate systems, one managed by the VA and one by DoD. The functionality of the processing is nearly identical (for instance, CHAMPVA pays the equivalent to Medicare/ TRICARE rates), with both systems reimbursing eligible enrollees for medical services provided by civilian (non-government) healthcare providers.

Suggestion: Merge the CHAMPVA and Tricare claims... more »

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