VA care should be more like medicare, where we could go see doctors of our choice. Granted, there are military-specific things that we would need to see a military doctor about, but it would be nice for regular care if I could have something similar to Tricare (especially if I could include spouse & kids for a small additional fee) that I could use with civilian doctors.
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 »
Some veterans are not currently using their benefits and may not for many years. Perhaps someone else can take advantage of them until that vet retires or decides to use his benefits. Benefits sharing
A pilot project to build a next-gen Dept of Veterans Affairs portal for the Federal Community Cloud. The idea is to build a suite of opensocial portals, one at each Federal Agency, based on The Open Stack that will enable communication with all opensocial partners.
We are seeing an increasing usage of podcasts by people from all age levels (Pew Research Center, http://www.pewinternet.org). Given the diverse range of health care providers (such as clinicians and nurse practitioners) geographically distributed across the US to provide better care to Veterans, perhaps, the presence by the VA (i.e., VA on iTunes) might allow yet another way to deliver just-in-time content in a managable... more »
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 »
VA Director's haven't even the curtisy to reply to Vets letters or emails. Been fighting to recieve Fentanyl 90 day medicine script rather than go to Med Center EVERY 30 days! FDA says its OK, my VA Dr's want to impliment this 90 day program, but VA "POLICY" says waste taxpayers dollars and Dr's time with monthly visits! Had same pain meds for almost 9 years, add that cost in monthly visits! With all sincerity the VA... more »
I bring this back up because my desire is to get someone in Department of Labor and Department of Defense and VA to get off the )#)#&% and do something about this issue. I need your help to make this happen. PLEASE REVIEW and go to the original draft and find out more then let us U.S. do something about this. In the United States today we have an ever groing need for skilled workers in a wide variety of special... more »
I have had much difficulty with the VA in Dallas TX. The personnel sre very rude abrasive and at times threatening. I have tried to reach out to the Administrator several times only to be told that the Administrator does not have time to speak to Vets on an individual basis I have tried to contact Patient Rep onlt to be told that if you want to use the VA you need to have thick skin. It is very difficult to do anything... more »
Just read on the VA web site that awards have already been given. Whats the deal??
The VA should institute a program similar to the old (the current one is only for recruiting referrals)0ld army smart program. Employees submitting ideas that are accepted would receive 10% of the money saved by the Va over the next 2 years.
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 »
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 »
Will VA has done it again without even knowing it, The Parkinson’s, Ischemic heart disease and B-cell leukemias it look like these disease’s it will take about a year to get their first reply and here is why: VA stated that the law will be here this spring and in April VA waits the contractors to submit proposals in 90 days, then after VA APPROVES the SOLUTIONS then it will take 150 days to apply the new solution... more »
WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival... more »