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VA Improves Veterans’ Access to Medical Care through New Initiative

by | Mar 29, 2024 | Veterans Disability Benefits |

Veterans Affairs medical facilities experienced a notable increase in patient visits and a decrease in wait times during the first half of the new fiscal year which was attributed to the implementation of additional night and weekend appointments as part of the Access Sprints initiative. This initiative, driven by VA leaders’ efforts to expand healthcare access following the passage of comprehensive military toxic exposure legislation in 2022, has resulted in an 11% rise in new patient appointments and an 12% reduction in new patients waiting beyond department guidelines. Despite some changes requiring additional staffing and overtime, most services are designed to be sustainable going forward. VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal expressed confidence that these improvements can be maintained even as the department plans to reduce medical positions through attrition without impacting patient care capacity.

The success of the Access Sprints initiative reflects a collaborative effort between local VA facilities, regional networks, and department officials to enhance timeliness, efficiency, capacity, and employee experience. Looking ahead, VA leaders aim to sustain these improvements by closely evaluating ongoing services and identifying areas for continued enhancement. Despite plans to trim medical positions through attrition, VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal reassures that patient care capacity will remain unaffected, highlighting the commitment to prioritizing veterans’ healthcare needs while optimizing resource allocation within the department.

Moving forward, VA leaders are committed to maintaining the momentum of the Access Sprints initiative by leveraging feedback from medical centers and networks to identify areas of improvement. Dr. Shereef Elnahal emphasized the importance of sustainability, indicating that while some changes required additional resources initially, they were designed with long-term viability in mind. As the department aims to streamline operations through attrition, the focus remains squarely on ensuring that veterans receive the timely, quality care they deserve.

Whether you are initiating a new claim or need assistance with an existing one, the experienced Veterans’ Disability attorneys at Gardberg and Kemmerly are happy to help. Our team is dedicated to supporting injured and disabled Veterans in securing the benefits they rightfully deserve. Understanding the complexities of disability claims can be challenging, and our attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to guide you through this process. You can reach our office at 251-343-1111 or toll-free at 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your claim and provide the assistance you need.



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