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Eliminate paper licenses- Waste of money

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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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Personnel Reductions - VBA Held Hostage by Incompetent Employees

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VBA Central Office must step up to the plate and fire under-performers, END OF STORY.

VBA Central Office employees essentially have zero performance standards. I am 100% certain my office could perform BETTER with LESS THAN HALF the current number of employees on staff. Talk about cost savings!

How can GS-13 employees who are only responsible for "attending" a few meetings a week receive satisfactory performance... more »

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Electronic FOIA

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Since we are already preparing the Veterans “Claim files” for copying when requested, why not scan the file instead. Scanned files can be put into virtual temporary folders then saved as a PDF on CD’s. The 2 directions you can use this is once the files has been scanned you can keep 1 disk in a protective envelope with the date scanned to keep in the “C-file”. File the CD down in date order for future use when d1bc... more »

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Electronic Calendars - No Paper Calendars - $ave MILLIONS

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SAVE at least $3.7 million - Employees with computers should have to use the e-calendar built into MS Office or their system's equivalent, (MACs have iCal). If only 1/2 the Federal employees have a desk calendar costing $2.68 or more, the annual cost for calendars is at least $3,783,861 nationally.

The 2009 Census Bureau indicates there were 2,823,777 full and part-time Federal employees.

If every employee who has... more »

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Over-paying outside providers for Veteran care referred by VA

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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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Eliminate Backlogs of SSA and VA Disability Appeal Claims

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On the SSA Web Site, it states that it takes between 3 to 5 months to receive an initial SSA disability decision. On the VA Web Site, it states that it takes up to 6 months to receive an initial VA disability decision. SSA Appeals take 2 or more years at OHA. VA Appeals take 3 or more years at the BVA.

Although initial disability processing times have improved over recent years due to Automation including Electronic... more »

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VA Employee Bonuses

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Since the Veterans who receive compensation benefits for service connected disabilities have not had a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in many years; And, since the Federal Employees at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) continued to receive COLAs until this year; And, since the VBA offices are allowed to establish their own production goals while still struggling with the backlog to adjudicate claims; It would... more »

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Expand vendors for competition

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Don't put limits on who we can purchase from. You give us this tiny list with a few vendors. They can charge us outrageous sums for stuff I could get for 70% less on Amazon or some other online retailer or even at my own onsite retail store.
In my service, I needed to buy HDMI cables for 12 TVs... they were almost 20.00 apiece. Amazon was having a sale for same quality and length cords for .98 plus 3.98 S&H. I could have... more »

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REFORM CONGRESS

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A lot of boys and girls grow up and want to serve their country. These children see their parents working hard, paying their bills, being honest, and respecting each other. When some of these children grow up, they decide that they want to run for political office. Some of these big children get elected to the Congress in Washington DC.

WHAT HAPPENS??? A lot of these big children forget the importance of paying their... more »

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Overhaul the VA Claim Rating Schedule to Eliminate Subjectivity

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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

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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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Cut Disability Benefits - Limit Entitlement Criteria

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Disability entitlements are out of control. I am currently separating from the military, and I wish I had a dollar for every time someone strongly encouraged me to report every stubbed toe and bruise to the military docotors so that later down the road I could file a claim to receive disability entitlements. It is like the dirty secret that everyone knows about, yet no one does anything about.


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Zero Tolerance for Fraud

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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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