Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014

VA Meets With Healthcare Industry to Discuss Best Scheduling Practices
Kaiser, Gartner, Mayo Clinic to Share Insights on Access Innovation, Modernization

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will meet with private healthcare industry leaders to discuss best practices and policies for scheduling patients.

“Our top priority is to get our Veterans off wait lists and into clinics,” said Acting Secretary Gibson.  “We need to continue to examine the best practices of healthcare systems across the country to find immediate solutions for timely delivery of quality healthcare.  VA must be at the forefront of access and innovation.  Our Veterans deserve nothing less.”

Today, VA officials will meet on state-of-the-art health care access with industry leaders including Kaiser Permanente, Gartner and Mayo Clinic.  Discussions will focus on improving Veteran access to quality health care and innovating measurement approaches to gauge short- and long-term access to care.  Topics will also include recommended strategies and tools to help managers and providers best serve Veterans and provide a consistent patient experience.

The above is a press release from the Veterans Administration.  As anyone who has been through the VA disability process knows often VA disability cases are delayed due to waiting on VA examinations.  Hopefully, with improvement in scheduling in the VA health system there will also be some improvement in VA disability wait times.