Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hearing to Examine How VA Tracks Patient Wait Times

HVAC Hearing to Examine How VA Tracks Patient Wait Times

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., in Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building, the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing examining the continued struggle of the Department of Veterans Affairs to accurately track patient wait times.

 

Currently, VA is not able to provide an accurate assessment as to the average time between when an appointment is desired, scheduled and when a veteran receives treatment – a problem attributable to VA's tendency to move its performance metrics around and stray from its own internal policies, training and procedures.

 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and VA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have been reviewing VA patient wait times since at least 2005 and have found consistent problems with VA's data reliability and policy implementation. While VA has expressed an intent to fix these problems, the department has made very little progress in doing so. This lack of progress has contributed to a backlog of veterans awaiting appointments, some for critical and life-threatening procedures.

 

The following event is open to the press:

 

WHO:             Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations

WHAT:          Hearing: Waiting for Care: Examining Patient Wait Times at VA 

WHEN:          1:00 P.M., Thursday, March. 14, 2013

WHERE:        Room 334, Cannon House Office Building and streaming at veterans.house.gov

 

The witness list is as follows:

 

Panel 1

 

Mr. William Schoenhard

Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Accompanied by:

 

Mr. Thomas Lynch, M.D.

Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health Clinical Operations and Management

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Mr. Philip Matkovsky

Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Administrative Operations

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Mr. Michael Davies, M.D.

National Director of Systems Redesign

Veterans Health Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

 

Ms. Debra A. Draper

Director, Health Care

Government Accountability Office

 

Mr. Roscoe Butler

National Field Service Representative

Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission

The American Legion

 

 



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Sean Eagan

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