It's Not Your Father's VA

Pine, Art
April 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2006, Vol. 132 Issue 4, p16
Conference Proceeding
The article reports that the Veterans Health Administration, medical arm of the department of veteran affairs, U.S. (VA) has overhauled its health-care delivery system over the past 12 years. It has transformed into a responsive, high-quality medical care network that's being lauded as one that private hospitals and clinics ought to emulate. The private Washington-based National Committee for Quality Assurance, which ranks medical-care facilities according to 17 key performance measures, said VA hospitals were outperforming other public and private hospitals in every category. A 2003 study published by the New England Journal of Medicine rated VA care significantly better than medicare-financed private medical facilities on 11 separate measures of quality.


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