Data Spurs Changes in VA Care

VA hospitals are making efforts to improve care after the government released performance data to the public. In November 2010, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs started posting online comparisons of the nation’s 152 VA hospitals based on how likely patients are to survive a visit without complications at one hospital compared with the rest. Hospitals that fall into the bottom 10% of national results can expect the VA to intervene with actions “ranging from urging medical improvements to dismissing doctors.”

To this new publicity, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki stated that “it’s good for VA’s leaders and managers, good for our work force, and most importantly, it is good for the veterans we serve.”

The November data release pushes hospitals to constantly improve and provides the nation’s nearly 23 million Veterans with important information when choosing among VA facilities. However, the system’s results have not been broken down by specific type of operation and information regarding patient follow-up has yet to be considered.

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