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Author Hussey, Peter.

Title Resources and capabilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide timely and accessible care to veterans / Peter Hussey [and approximately 80 others].

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource (xxxii, 377 pages) : illustrations, maps
text file PDF
Note DOI: 10.7249/RR1165.2.
"Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-377).
Contents Summary. -- Introduction. -- Overview of methods. -- Assessment of VA resources and capabilities. -- Assessment of access to VA care. -- Assessment of quality of VA care. -- Improving access for veterans. -- Conclusions and recommendations. -- Appendixes. -- References.
Summary The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 addressed the need for access to timely, high-quality health care for veterans. Section 201 of the legislation called for an independent assessment of various aspects of veterans' health care. The RAND Corporation was tasked with an assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA's) current and projected health care capabilities and resources. An examination of data from a variety of sources, along with a survey of VA medical facility leaders, revealed the breadth and depth of VA resources and capabilities: fiscal resources, workforce and human resources, physical infrastructure, interorganizational relationships, and information resources. The assessment identified barriers to the effective use of these resources and capabilities. Analysis of data on access to VA care and the quality of that care showed that almost all veterans live within 40 miles of a VA health facility, but fewer have access to VA specialty care. Veterans usually receive care within 14 days of their desired appointment date, but wait times vary considerably across VA facilities. VA has long played a national leadership role in measuring the quality of health care. The assessment showed that VA health care quality was as good or better on most measures compared with other health systems, but quality performance lagged at some VA facilities. VA will require more resources and capabilities to meet a projected increase in veterans' demand for VA care over the next five years. Options for increasing capacity include accelerated hiring, full nurse practice authority, and expanded use of telehealth.
Local Note JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access
Subject United States. Department of Veterans Affairs -- Evaluation.
United States. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans -- Medical care -- United States.
Health services accessibility -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Rand Corporation, publisher.
RAND Health.
ISBN 9780833092151 (electronic bk.)
0833092154 (electronic bk.)