Newsbeat: Care Commission

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News December 2015

Commission on Care that's tasked with making health care better within the Department of Veterans Affiars (VA) is expected

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The first report from the new Commission on Care that’s tasked with making health care better within the Department of Veterans Affiars (VA) is expected sometime next month.
The commission began meeting in August and is required to report to Congress within six months on its proposed plan to address the issues that have been identified in the VA health care system.  

Established by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACAA), the comission is examining access to VA health care and developing a plan to organize the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and determine how best to allocate resources to ensure access to care over the next 20 years.
The commission is comprised of health care professionals and business leaders appointed by the White House and the majority and minority leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives.

During its first public meeting in September, the commission received the full Independent Assessment conducted by the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare as mandated by the VACAA.
The Independent Assessment analyzes 12 specifically identified areas that Congress mandated for review.  These assessments range from veteran demographics to staffing levels in the VA to business processes and construction management.


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