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 »
Currently a disabled Veteran can receive disability benefits from 3 agencies - VA, DOD, and Social Security. Need to overhaul the disability payment systems to ensure that the right amount of payment is provided which is difficult since we have 3 agencies responsible to address the payments for our veterans. Why not only 1 agency - the VA manage all veterans disability payments. This will ensure Veterans receive accurate... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Release of Information method of printing out requested information on paper is time-consuming, expends high costs in paper, printer toner and printer useage costs and parts, (fusers, photoconductor kits, etc.), on leased printers. My solution to cover all patients, including homeless veterans: It would much easier to fulfill those records requests on CD or DVD rewritable disks with password protection just as... more »
Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and... more »
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 »
Mandate a review of each computer program in every federal office. Many programs include an unnecessary cover page. Ensure that all unnecessary cover pages are removed from print jobs.
The VA and SSA collects claimants e-mail addresses on claim applications.
A monthly benefit e-mail Newsletter should be sent out to all applicants and beneficiaries. The newsletters would include information regarding reporting earnings, changes to report, and other useful data to ensure timely correct payments.
For Federal needs based programs, such as VA Pension and SSI, or State programs funded in part with Federal dollars, require recipients to be tested regularly for illegal drug use and impose sanctions.
Veterans attend C&P Examinations at VA Medical Centers to get medical evidence for a determination for disability benefits and payments. Many times, the C&P Exam language does not match up to the VA Rating Schedule which is used to determine benefit amounts. If the VA Medical Center had a checklist for the disability which is being examined, the examiner could determine the proper severity for evaluation. This would... more »
Following the terrible experience with my father at the Oklahoma City VA Hospital Emergency Room/Hospital, I suggest to close all VA hospitals. Allow veterans to obtain primary health care from private, local providers using a Federally issued credit card for veteran's benefits, much like an insurance card. Current VA employees can seek employement with local hospitals and clinics if they are qualified. Controls can... more »
The VA has a Rating Schedule which is used on every VA Disability claim. On the Rating Schedule, some percentages for disabilities are set up for "mild" or "moderate" or "moderately severe", etc. One Rating Specialist can grant 10% whereas another can grant 20% or 30%. The Rating Schedule should be less subjective to allow for proper payments to be made to Veterans.
The VA is required by law to send all claimants the VCAA Letter, "Veterans Claims Assistance Act" Letter, with the purpose of helping the claimant. There are millions of these letters sent out each year. The VA needs to automate the VCAA Letter. The VA asks for the Veterans e-mail address on the initial 526 claim application. When the Veteran has e-mail, we should send the VCAA Letter electronically, with annotation... more »