June 22, 2018

FOLLOW UP: VA Nursing Home Data Reveals Poor Quality, Need for Even More Transparency

Last week, the VA released ratings for its 133 nursing home facilities. The information is disheartening, to say the least. A look at the “overall ratings” might not seem that bad. Eleven facilities received an overall rating of one star, while thirty-four received five stars. The rest are somewhere between. But the overall rating doesn’t… Read more »

June 15, 2018

In Releasing Key Quality Ratings, VA Makes Another Move Toward Transparency

This week the VA released ratings for its nursing home facilities across the country. The first ratings were released in late 2016 after a USA Today investigation found the VA had a secret, five-star rating system it used internally for its facilities. That started a firestorm of calls for transparency into how the VA reviewed… Read more »

June 14, 2018

#VAFail – 3 Patients Show Up for Surgery. Here’s Why They Were Turned Away.

The Cincinnati VA is a repeat offender regarding leadership failures, the latest of which put veterans in a potentially dangerous situation. Last month, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati VA’s 24-hour surgical department was closed for four days, with no surgeons scheduled. All surgical staff members were on leave, out of town or had… Read more »

June 8, 2018

The VA MISSION Act Is Law!

After years of calling on Congress to overhaul the Veterans Choice Program, your efforts have paid off, and President Trump signed the VA MISSION Act into law on June 6. This legislation is going to expand access to medical care outside the VA for veterans around the country. The VA MISSION Act is a huge… Read more »

June 4, 2018

RECAP: Vets on the Hill back in DC!

Recently, veterans from all over the country arrived in Washington for Concerned Veterans for America’s Vets on the Hill project!  These vets spent the week speaking with members of Congress about the issues that matter most to them and their families – specifically reform of the Veterans Health Administration. Since the first wave of Vets on… Read more »

June 1, 2018

#VAFail – More Trouble at the DC VA Medical Center

The facility that’s earned itself just two out of five stars from the VA can’t stay out of the news. Earlier this month, an air cooling pipe burst at the D.C. VA Medical Center which lead to flooding on five levels of the hospital and postponement of multiple procedures. Ok, so pipes burst, what’s the… Read more »

May 24, 2018

VA MISSION Act Passes Senate, On to the President’s Desk

The VA MISSION Act is headed to President Trump’s desk following a 92-5 Senate vote and 340-70 vote in the House. The President said recently he wanted to get the VA MISSION Act passed before Memorial Day. This was a priority for lawmakers and the VA, too, since estimates showed the Veterans Choice Program would… Read more »