VA-Commissioned Study Confirms Need for “System-Wide Reworking” of Veterans Health Administration
Assessment Highlights CVA’s “Fixing Veterans Health Care” Taskforce Report as Example of Reform
Arlington, Va. – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as required by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, released a comprehensive assessment of the Veterans Health Administration – which, while paid for and commissioned by the VA, was conducted independently of the department by the Rand, McKinsey and MITRE corporations. Concerned Veterans of America (CVA) CEO Pete Hegseth issued the following statement in response to the report’s findings:
“This comprehensive examination of the current structure and operations at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides bullet-proof, professional and independent evidence that we need real reform at the VA – not just the changes at the margins that the current VA leadership has proposed through its ‘MyVA’ plan.
“This report is yet another indictment of the VHA’s current inability to deliver timely, quality health care to our nation’s veterans, and calls for nothing less than a ‘system-wide reworking’ of the VHA. In addition, it directly contradicts the VA’s assertion that the majority of patients are satisfied with the care they receive from the VA.
“What makes this report unique — and why it should be taken seriously by policymakers — is that it was commissioned and paid for by the VA itself.
“CVA is also pleased that the assessment cites our ‘Fixing Veterans Health Care’ taskforce report in highlighting the need for reform of the VHA. That a VA-commissioned study cites our report as an example of credible reform serves to highlight the petty politics that have characterized the criticism by the VA, and specifically Secretary McDonald, of CVA and our efforts to make the VA more responsive to veterans’ health care needs. We hope this report will encourage more constructive engagement from VA leaders as we work to achieve that goal.”
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