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Overhaul Veterans Disability System

The current disability system rewards Veterans for being disabled. The more disabled a Veteran is - the more money the Veteran gets. The disability system should be based on rewarding Veterans for getting more ability. The disability system needs to work closer with the healthcare side - and ensure that recovery timelines are being met. If a Veteran doesn't make their appointment or doesn't follow their medical care ...more »

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Implement a "Cultural Concierge Corps" for clinics and hospitals

A "Cultural Concierge Corps" will aid medical personnel and staff with the barriers they face while providing services. A common obstacle to the advancement of health, pharmaceutical, and related services is the barrier that exists due to different cultures, social circumstances, and language(s). The "Cultural Concierge Corps" will aid Doctors with a tool that illustrates their desire to engage, empathize with, and ...more »

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Earnings and Benefit Information Sharing Between SSA and VA

According to www.SSA.gov, the Social Security Administration web site, there are 9.4 million Veterans who receive Social Security benefits. Many Veterans receive pension (needs based), and not compensation, with the VA. Many Veterans receive SSI (needs based), and not Social Security beneifts, with SSA. There needs to be a monthly interface of earnings and benefit payment information between SSA and VA. The Veteran ...more »

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Online Medical Document Sharing between SSA and VA

The Social Security Administration processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. The Department of Veterans Affairs processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. There are hundreds of thousands of Veterans who file disability claims annually. Many of these Veterans are receiving, or have filed for, Social Security disability. In an electronic environment, and with ...more »

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Save paper (extra copies for VSOs)

Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) receive copies of correspondence that is sent to the veteran by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). With the move toward transparency in government the VSOs have been granted access to VBA computer systems that contain copies of these correspondence letters. In a recent VSO briefing to the Seattle Regional Office the VSO representative informed us that they don't keep the ...more »

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Paperless Government - eLearning

The Government is in a movement in which we want to save paper, some call it a "Paperless Government". While we're working hard to "Go Green", we seem to be lacking on one department. Education. Education in the federal workforce uses tens of thousands sheets of paper each day. The expense tot he people, and more importantly to the Veterans is astronomical. I have personally used an entire box of paper for one training ...more »

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Computerized Check-Ins for VA Patients

Veterans should be able to check themselves in for their medical appointments with a computerized system. All they would have to do is either slide their VA identification card through a slot or enter their patient information and the computer would confirm their appointment date and time and they can click a button to check-in. This would be similar to the idea of checking yourself in for your flight at the airport. ...more »

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Veterans Eligibility; BETTER WEED OUT & FLAG INELIGIBLE Pts

We need rigorous training for frontline staff determining eligibility for health & other benefits. The VA has strict procedures for determining eligibility including what documents are acceptible. However, at least in our VISN (12), review of eligibility seems to indicate sloppy procedures. E.g. 1 pt alone who is NOT EVEN A VET was seen at least as early as 1997 on a HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY status. Once in the system, ...more »

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Cut costs on loans against insurance

Limit the amount of loans veterans can take out loans against their Disabled Servicemembers Veterans Insurance. Currently the system is bogged down by a very small percentage of the overall amount of veterans who have SDVI. By law the government cannot deny a veteran their money, yet, out of the over million who have it, a few hundred per year take small loans out every month in the area of less then $10 to $20. The process ...more »

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Initial, Mid Career, and End of Service Career Counseling

The first component entails informing veterans of opportunities and programs that exist and can be beneficial to them in many ways. This starts by taking VA HR personnel and assigning them to sections of the nation where they are readily available to military bases to work with commanding officers to conduct periodic information sessions with group members. Information disseminated allows veterans to remain current on ...more »

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VA Should Develop “MyVA” App for Cell Phone

Statistics show that 91% of Americans now use cell phones. Over 35% of Americans now own a smart phone. There is an App for everything these days. The VA has a great website online. There are a lot of private companies that have Apps that give VA information. The VA should develop this App to include information such as: *MyVA; *Check Status of Claim; VA Medical Center Appointment Reminder; FAQ’s; Most Popular ...more »

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Zero Tolerance for Fraud

The GAO estimates $17 BILLION dollars of improper Medicare payments each year. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays out $4.6 BILLION in improper and fraudulent benefits annually. The Department of Veterans Affairs loses $800 MILLION annually on improper and fraudulent payments. And the FRAUD list goes on and on and on, totaling OVER $100 BILLION PER YEAR!!! 1ST...I suggest that we include the statement ...more »

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