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Health Care for Veterans: Where Things Stand & Next Steps

Friday, October 21, 2016

The enactment of the Veterans Choice Act in August 2014 -- stemming from failures to provide adequate and timely care -- renewed discussions about the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system to meet the needs of our nation's veterans. In addition to tackling issues related to access to VA-owned facilities, the Veterans Choice Act prompted a thorough examination of the quality of care provided to veterans in the VA system, the VA's ability to purchase care from the private sector, and the VA's capacity to provide services.
This briefing provided an introduction to the VA health system, presented an overview of how the VA acts as both provider and purchaser of care, and discussed policy prospects for the future. Speakers also assessed the potential for increased collaboration between civilian care and VA providers to meet the needs of today's veterans and those of the future.

Sherman Gillums, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Baligh Yehia, Veterans Health Administration

David J. McIntyre, Jr., TriWest Healthcare Alliance

Carrie Farmer, RAND Corporation

John Kerndl, LifePoint Health

Marilyn Serafini of the Alliance for Health Reform will moderate the discussion.

Follow the briefing on Twitter: #VeteransHealth

The Alliance for Health Reform gratefully acknowledges the support of Ascension for this event.

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/21/2016
Full Webcast/Podcast: Full Video on YouTube

Speaker Presentations

Baligh Yehia Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/21/2016
David J. McIntyre, Jr. Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/21/2016
Carrie Farmer Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/21/2016
John Kerndl Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/21/2016
Sherman Gillums, Jr. Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/21/2016

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 10/21/2016
Speaker Biographies (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 10/21/2016
Source List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 10/21/2016
Materials List (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 10/21/2016
A New Role For The Veterans Health Administration (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 3/18/2016
Comparing the Costs of the Veterans' Health Care System With Private-Sector Costs (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 12/1/2014
Fact Sheet: Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 11/1/2014
Finally, A Clear Direction for Veterans Health Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 9/14/2016
Public-private partnerships improve veterans' access to care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 7/26/2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs #mHealth Case Study (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 8/1/2014
VA Health Care System Faces Significant Challenges, but Meets the Needs of Most Eligible Veterans (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 2/8/2016
5 Key Components That Drive the Future of VA Community Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 6/21/2016
Ten Quick Facts About the Plan To Consolidate Community Care (Adobe Acrobat PDF), , 6/21/2016
Congress: Fund VA Staff Increase or Lose More Nurses in VA Specialized Care Services (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Hill, 9/12/2016

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care, RAND Corporation, 9/1/2015
Commission on Care: Final Report (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Commission on Care, 6/30/2016
Comparing VA and Non-VA Quality of Care, RAND Corporation, 9/14/2016
Congress: fund VA staff increase or lose more nurses in VA specialized care services, The Hill, 9/12/2016
Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Congressional Research Service, 4/21/2016
Reforming Veterans Health Care: Now and for the Future, The Heritage Foundation, 6/24/2016
Research Advances (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Department of Veterans Affairs, 1/1/2015
Veterans and Their Family Members Gain Coverage Under the ACA, but Opportunities for More Progress Remain, The Urban Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 9/1/2016


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