GAO: VA Quality Measures on Hospital Compare, Agency Websites Not Accurate, Complete Enough

GAO: VA Quality Measures on Hospital Compare, Agency Websites Not Accurate, Complete Enough

VA does not have “reasonable assurance” that the healthcare quality measures it reports on Hospital Compare and its own website accurately assess how VAMCs are
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Navy Doctor Promotes the Healing Power of Artistic Expression

Navy Doctor Promotes the Healing Power of Artistic Expression

Patients who are struggling with TBI and PTSD often find themselves frustrated in a traditional model of care that involves sitting in a room and
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VA Patients More Likely to Die on Kidney Transplant Wait Lists

VA Patients More Likely to Die on Kidney Transplant Wait Lists

Distance to VA Transplantation Centers Could Be a Factor By Brenda L. Mooney CLEVELAND—Veterans treated by the VA have lower rates of kidney transplantation when
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Mission First, Soldiers Always!

Mission First, Soldiers Always!

~Anonymous This past October, I served as a staff platoon team leader for the annual Uniformed Services University (USU) Bushmaster exercise, which I have discussed
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