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Resources by Topic: Veterans

Veterans Choice Program: Further Improvements Needed to Help Ensure Timely Payments to Community Providers
Examines how long payments took for healthcare providers enrolled in the Veterans Choice Program and actions the Veterans Administration has taken to address these issues. The Veterans Choice Program was created to help increase veterans access to healthcare, particularly in rural areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Elder Veterans Tend to Reside in Rural Counties and Near Military Bases
Map showing counties with a concentration of working-age and elder veterans, a concentration of working-age veterans, or a concentration of elder veterans, based on 2011-2015 American Community Survey data. Also identifies locations of military installations, ranges, and training areas.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Changes in Influenza Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Personnel in US Hospitals
Results of a study comparing proportions of 1,062 hospitals that did or did not require personnel to be vaccinated for influenza between 2013-2017. Features statistics with breakdowns by urban or rural location and Veterans Affairs (VA) or non-VA hospital type.
Author(s): M. Todd Greene, Karen E. Fowler, David Ratz, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(2)
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Veterans' Experiences with the Veterans Choice Program
Podcast discusses a survey of veterans' experiences with the Veterans Choice Program and compares their evaluation to the previous Community Care Program.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Veterans Health Administration: Steps Taken to Improve Physician Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention, but Challenges Remain
Highlights a report on the effectiveness of improvements made by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in the areas of staffing, recruitment, and retention. Discusses the successes and shortcomings of the VHA's interventions.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Evaluating National Program to Improve Access to Acute Stroke Services for Rural Veterans
Features a study on the Veterans Health Administration's efforts to improve access to acute stroke services for rural and underserved veteran populations. Discusses the National TeleStroke Program (NTSP) and it's impact on rural veterans.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Veterans Choice Program: Improvements Needed to Address Access-Related Challenges as VA Plans Consolidation of Its Community Care Programs
Presents a study on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Veterans Choice Program. Evaluates the VHA's ability to consolidate Community Care Programs without affecting access for rural veterans. Highlights findings and provides recommendations for changes.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Using Telehealth to Improve Home-Based Care for Older Adults and Family Caregivers
Describes consumer perspectives and policy concerns with telehealth. Includes examples of home telehealth strategies, potential benefits and challenges, and discussion of home telehealth coverage in federal and state programs, including the Veterans Health Administration, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Author(s): Winifred V. Quinn, Ellen O'Brien, Gregg Springan
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Expanding Home-Based Primary Care to American Indian Reservations and Other Rural Communities: An Observational Study
Presents a study on the efficacy of home-based primary care for American Indians and other rural veterans. Breaks down data by demographic factors, such as age, gender, and living situation among others.
Author(s): B. Josea Kramer, Beth Creekmur, Michael N. Mitchell, Debra Saliba
Citation: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(4), 818-824
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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The Veterans Choice Program (VCP): Program Implementation
Presents a report on the implementation of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Choice Program (VCP) as a way to increase access to care for veterans. Discusses veteran eligibility and care options within the program, provider participation, and the processing of payments.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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