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Eliminate paper licenses- Waste of money

Currently for credentialing and privileging purposes, all licenses must be verified before completing an application which is usually done online as primary source verification which is acceptable by the Joint Commission. Then within 5 days a written license request has to be mailed. Usually the state licensing boards require a fee, some as high as $50 per license verification. And our office has never gained any additional... more »

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End Budget Crisis

I have a way to collect a billion dollars a year from insurance companys. The VA doesn't bill insurance companys on the devices that are used and are losing a billion a year. Pick my idea and

Mr. President I can get this working across the Nation.

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Shift work in Nursing

My unit requires nurses to work shifts with a specific off tour. I feel the way the department schedules nurses results in many many sick calls, and increases the amount of overtime the VA pays out. For example, our unit will schedule you during the day, but then have to "double back" into a night shift 8 hours later. Or work a pm shift ending at midnight, and have to be back at 730 am. The type of work we do is demanding,... more »

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Send VA Letters Electronically

Each Day, The Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) sends thousands of letters to veterans and their dependents. The current system mandates hard copy letters to every veteran.

With the advent of electronic mail (e-mail), and Secretary Shinseki's goals to transform VA into a 21st Century organization, eliminating the claims backlog by 2015, I suggest that optional e-mail communication between veterans and VA be established.... more »

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Money for Ideas that Save

This idea can be used among all federal agencies and provides continued incentive for people to come up with ideas that save the government money.
This idea would reward employees at all levels who come up with an idea that would save the money.
My suggestion is that the employee would receive a monetary reward of 10% up to $1000 for their idea if it is implemented.
The employee would have to come up with idea... more »

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Over-paying outside providers for Veteran care referred by VA

When the VA refers a Veteran to a community provider for care that can’t be performed at a local or nearby VA medical center (either the service can’t be provided within the VA in a timely manner, or the service is not available at the VA medical center), the VA staff already complete a referral and authorization process, including entering an authorization for a specific service in the VA’s claims processing and payment... more »

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Green Building LEED Certification

Since the Federal Government has adopted the LEED certification program for all new construction buildings we need to assess the money that is being spent on outside consultants to achieve these ratings. We spend on average 40k to 80k per project to various firms and consultants that are LEED AP certified to submit these applications. I see green building as a step in the right direction not only saving money on energy... more »

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Recycle Medication Containers

The orange medication containers that VA prescription drugs come in are #5 recyclable. If bins were located throughout the facility (by entrance/exit doors) and in the outpatient pharmacy area, people could drop off their empty medication containers, as they keep appointments or place their refill orders.
These medication containers could then be recycled and reused thus saving the VA and US citizens money, lessen... more »

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Mandate Financial Education in Public Schools

Statistics show that most people have very little money in their savings. If they were to miss 1-2 paydays, the financial consequences could be dire. We need to teach school age children the importance of saving and investing in their future. This will prevent many bankruptcies and welfare benefits that many people have come to rely on.

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Overhaul the VA Claim Rating Schedule to Eliminate Subjectivity

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.

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VA Claims-Match C&P Exam Language to Match Rating Schedule

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.

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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!!!

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