CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald the Cincinnati VA Medical Center on Saturday for a tour and to meet with staffers and greet veterans.
McDonald outlined actions taken to accelerate access to care for Veterans seeking care at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center (CVAMC):
- The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is ensuring that almost $4 million from within VA's budget specifically be made available to the CVAMC to accelerate access to care.
- Reaching out to all Veterans waiting for care to get them off of wait lists and into clinics for medical appointments – as of September 17, 2014, CVAMC has reached more than 1,051 Veterans.
- Increasing the use of established contracts with community partners to schedule Veterans waiting to be seen by a doctor.
- Daily Huddles are held to review NEAR, consults, and wait times to ensure timely care.
- The CVAMC Director met with the physician and clerk in every clinical area to review scheduling practices. We have convened Peer Review Scheduling Audit teams to conduct detailed review of clinic practices which are reported to leadership for follow-up.
- CVAMC have conducted 18 Scheduling Forums which are mandatory for all staff that has scheduling access. At the Forums, the Medical Center Director discusses the importance of the integrity of scheduling processes.