Showing 14 ideas for tag "paper"

Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduction in PAPER waste

Working at an executive level, I notice an abundance of paper waste. Our leadership and service line chiefs have many face to face committee meetings each month. For each meeting an agenda is created, provided to members, who in turn have their administrative staff print out and bind the agenda/attachments. Each leadership member and service line chief has their own government issued laptop. Instead of printing out... more »

Voting

3 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Lets all be “Jolly Green Giants”! Save: $$$, time, & our environ

If u don't have time to read my idea..it's good lol NO MORE SENDING LETTERS!

This idea can be spanned into many departments. Just speaking for the edu dept, we send out more letters than anyone could count e.g. 1 case: Development ltrs when we need more info from the claimant, Certificate of eligibility, award ltrs for enrollments, many correction ltrs from amendments from school hour reductions or inc, withdraws,... more »

Voting

7 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Save paper at the VA

When printing copies of medical files from the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) the current program prints a cover page that contains PII that has no purpose for office use for every Progress Note printed. Since most Progress Notes are only one page long, deletion of this cover page from the program would typically result in a 50% reduction of the paper used.

Voting

4 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Save by eliminating paper

I work in the Veterans Affairs as a staff nurse. Every day our printers use up 1-2 reams of paper, and that is only in our department. Much of the paper is wasted on normal lab values, orders that we already know about, or negative microbiology reports. All of this in a supposed paperless work environment. Each ream of paper is costing around $40. Not to mention the cost of replacing an ink-jet cartridge.

These... more »

Voting

2 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Use smaller size paper to reduce waste

For check in's and information sheets for veterans printe the needed information on smaller sheet sized such as 4 by 8. Often printed information for daily VA Medical Center infromation from patients to office use only use one fourth or half of a sheet of paper. One way to reduce this cost would be to print that information on smaller pieces of paper.

Voting

0 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Be Green-Print Only When Necessary

Federal Government agencies use millions of pieces of paper per day.

 

There should be reminders around the offices to "Be Green-Print Only When Necessary."

 

The federal government could save milions of dollars per year by eliminating many of the unnecessary print jobs on a daily basis.

Voting

5 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

FOIA & Attorney Claim Copy Request-Scan Paper Folders Not Copy

Federal Claim Agencies receive many requests for claim copies. There are millions of paper claims folders.

FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests involve copying a paper claim to give to the Veteran or Claimant.

Attorney Copy Requests involve copying a paper claim to give to the Attorney, Veteran or Claimant.

I suggest that we utilize scanners rather than copiers with these requests. We should scan in the paper... more »

Voting

2 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Stop Distributing Paper Pay Stubs and Paper W-2s to Employees

In my office, a huge stack of paper pay stubs come in every 2 weeks. With the availability of the myPay web site, we should not still be distributing paper pay stubs.

 

The myPay web site also maintains the W-2s. There is no use in mailing out these forms each year, with the printing and shipping costs.

 

The Federal Government would save millions of dollars if paper pay stubs and w-2s were discontinued.

Voting

48 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Wasted paper = Wasted Money (Capri Records)

Every day a Pre-determination VSR will touch anywhere from 4 to 12 claims. Out of these claims nearly 25% of them require the VSR to log into a system we use (CAPRI). This system allows the Veterans Benefits Administration to obtain medical records from the Veterans Health Administration (VA Hospitals) in just a few seconds/minutes. New development guidelines require VSR's to print out CAPRI records for the veteran's... more »

Voting

0 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Go Green Spirit! Being Resposible for the Paper used.

I believe in being responsible for everything you do and say. And if we say we want to have a greener world then we should ACT on it and NOT just SAY it. Having said that, even though we are on our way to be in a paperless work environment, the truth is that we are not there yet and most people truly do want to have a greener world but just dont act upon it!

The reality is that copies are still printed for various uses:... more »

Voting

2 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

EP Tags

We use these tags one time and discard them in the trash after we have completed a rating decision for our veterans. I suggest that we print multiple stamps on the tag and instead of only being used once, we can get a minimum of 5 more usages out of them. Imagine the money we could save just by doing this. I know it is a small thing in our budget overall but we would really help our RO's budget. Just a thought. Thank... more »

Voting

1 like
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

BIG savings from a Small town.

I have several ideas but here's just a few. Our printer alone prints out 30-50 pieces of paper per day that are either not ours or not significant. We have 450 printers in our VA medical center! Our printer alone is spewing off over 10,000 unused/unwanted copies per year, take that times 450 printers! We averaged the waist to be nearly $30,000 per year. Just for our small town facility. Can you imagine the waste? Also... more »

Voting

2 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Fax to Email - Save Millions in paper

Incoming faxes can be automatically turned into a .pdf and sent to an email account or department inbox for action. Between VA Education/Compensation and Pension/Veterans Service Centers and hospitals, this could save 15-20 million each year in paper and fax machine costs. If successful with the VA, other federal agencies could impliment the same.

Voting

4 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Abolish the paper trail

Abolish the paper trail!

Save the government time & money! We can even reduce privacy violations by eliminating the need for information to be recorded or transferred via paper.

This can be accomplished in the following ways:

-Discontinue use of paper encounters which record information when a patient checks in for an appointment by implementing an electronic device(lap top, tough book, ipad) to record this information... more »

Voting

4 likes
Active