Coordinator at Hines VA Significantly Reduces GI Clinic Wait Times

Coordinator at Hines VA Significantly Reduces GI Clinic Wait Times

Less than a year ago, if a physician sent a patient for a consult with the gastrointestinal clinic at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, the wait could be as long as 90 days for the appointment. Today, thanks to some simple innovations, that number is down to 30 days — sometimes as low as a week.

May 06, 2016 | View Article
VA Scheduling Role for New 'Choice Program' Raises Concerns

VA Scheduling Role for New ‘Choice Program’ Raises Concerns

The Veterans Choice Program (VCP) was created in the aftermath of a scandal involving misrepresented wait lists for healthcare appointments at the VA, so legislators said they were baffled why the agency now wants to interject itself into the appointment process as the program is revised and expanded.

May 06, 2016 | View Article
59th Medical Wing Pharmacies Reduce Patient Wait Times by 700 hours a Day

59th Medical Wing Pharmacies Reduce Patient Wait Times by 700 hours a Day

By Annette M. Boyle JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, TX — Process improvement efforts oftentimes frustrate staff and irritate patients, but the 59th Medical Wing pharmacies at Joint Base San Antonio have implemented 65 process improvements during a seven-month period with… Read More

May 06, 2016 | View Article
Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Sadly, like most Americans, O’Rourke’s humorous quote concerning death is representative of the lack of attention most folks pay this unavoidable destination we all eventually must face.

May 05, 2016 | View Article
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    May 06, 2016 | View Article

  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring Found Cost-Effective

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    Apr 07, 2016 | View Article