Potential Resource's Address Complaints Hospital Issues-Health Concerns Etc...- "Joint Commission" & "Surgeon General of US" ?????

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Thought I would post here as some veterans may not know there are other ways to address concerns- say with US VA Health Care like dirty offices, treatment rooms-waiting areas etc... or multiple other issues perhaps...than just going through US Dept. Vet Affairs channels????

One available is perhaps the "Joint Commission" see following web-sites for example only:


Joint Commission - Wikipedia below in "quotes" cited from listed web-link those potentially interested:

"The Joint Commission is a United States-based nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c) organization[1] that accredits more than 21,000 US health care organizations and programs.[2] The international branch accredits medical services from around the world. A majority of US state governments recognize Joint Commission accreditation as a condition of licensure for the receipt of Medicaidand Medicare reimbursements.[3]
The Joint Commission is based in the Chicago suburb of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.[4]"

"Criticisms[edit]
A Harvard led research study published in the BMJ [37] found that US hospital accreditation by independent organizations was not associated with lower mortality or with reduced readmission rates for common medical conditions. The authors concluded that there was no advantage for patients to choose a hospital accredited by The Joint Commission over a hospital accredited by another independent accrediting organization. The Wall Street Journal [38]suggested that the underlying reasons for this is the failure of the Joint Commission to revoke or modify the accreditation status of hospitals with major infractions considered to be so significant they caused, or were likely to cause, a risk of serious injury or death to patients.
The revenue by the nonprofit was $147M in 2013 and in that fiscal year [38], it paid its CEO more than $1M. Hospitals pay the Joint Commission up to $37,000 in fees annually to maintain their accreditation status. Inspections cost approximately $18,000 every three years. These costs are shadowed by the ties of the Joint Commission to industry. Twenty of the Joint Commission’s 32 board members are executives at health systems it accredits or else work at parent organizations of such health systems. In addition, other board members are named by health-care lobbying groups, such as the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association."

Another perhaps is the "Office of The Surgeon General of The United States" see below web-links if interested:

Surgeon General of the United States - Wikipedia below in "quotes" cited from listed article, once again those interested:

"The surgeon general of the United States is the operational head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) and thus the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the federal government of the United States. The surgeon general's office and staff are known as the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) which is housed within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.[1]
The U.S. surgeon general is nominated by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. The surgeon general must be appointed from individuals who (1) are members of the Regular Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and (2) have specialized training or significant experience in public health programs.[2] The surgeon general serves a four-year term of office and, depending on whether the current assistant secretary for health is a Public Health Service commissioned officer, is either the senior or next most senior uniformed officer of the commissioned corps, holding the rank of a vice admiral.[3][4] The current surgeon general is Jerome Adams, having taken office on September 5, 2017.[5]"



Some veterans, vic Gulf Coast VA. whom have had the pleasure of being "unwilling" guests of Uncle Sam and some of their more beautiful vacation spots within the Federal BOP system - have stated that the BOP's FMC's staff personnel take what the Joint Commission, etc.. has to say very seriously about their own as well as other medical facilities...????

If above true, and a Super-moderator can chime in, whom has more knowledge perhaps, all this, then this might be other venues to address issues with not only US Dept. Vet Affairs facilities and staff but potentially others as well- say for example, a less than satisfactory experience when sent outside US VA system under "Veterans Choice Program," etc...?????

Hopefully this assist some vets having issues US Dept. Vet Affairs, etc... and if wrong hopefully a Super-moderator can add some clarity?????
 

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Hopefully this assist some vets having issues US Dept. Vet Affairs, etc... and if wrong hopefully a Super-moderator can add some clarity?????

Some other things potentially outside "official" US VA channels vts and/or families may potentially seek help from are, for example only:

Once again from website: Joint Commission - Wikipedia below in "quotes" cited from:

"Alternatives in the United States[edit]
The Joint Commission is not a complete monopoly, and while many states in the U.S. make use of their services, they are not used by all. Some states have set up their own alternative assessment procedures; the Joint Commission is not recognized for state licensure in the states of Oklahoma (except for hospital-based outpatient mental health services), Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In California, The Joint Commission is part of a joint survey process with state authorities.[18]
There are also other healthcare accreditation organizations in the U.S. unrelated to the Joint Commission.[19] These include Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC),[20] the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities(CARF),[21] the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP),[22] the "Exemplary Provider Program" of The Compliance Team,[23] the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP),[24]the [Health Services National Commission on Correctional Health Care,[25] Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC),[26] and the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) who are recognised in the state of Ohio.[27]
HFAP is actually older than the Joint Commission and has been in operation since 1945.[28]
On September 26, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted deeming authority for hospitals to DNV Healthcare Inc. (DNVHC), an operating company of Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a Norwegian international company that has been operating in the U.S. since 1898.[29]
The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ), based in Round Rock, Texas, was granted deeming authority for hospitals by the CMS In July 2013.[30]"

From above and for example only: Health Services

Those veterans with Mental Health issues and perhaps having difficulty US VA System the below may be of some use:

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Wikipedia following in "quotes" cited from list web-article:

"The National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) is a United States-based advocacy group originally founded as a grassroots group by family members of people diagnosed with mental illness. NAMI identifies its mission as being "dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness".[1] NAMI offers classes and trainings for people living with mental illnesses, their families, community members, and professionals, including what is termed psychoeducation, or education about mental illness [2][3] NAMI holds regular events which combine fundraising for the organization and education, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks.[1]
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, NAMI has around 1,000 state and local affiliates and is represented in 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.[4] NAMI is funded primarily through pharmaceutical company donations,[5] individual donors, as well as sponsorships and grants.[6] NAMI publishes a magazine around twice a year called The Advocate.[7] NAMI also runs a HelpLine five days a week, which is funded in part by pharmaceutical companies Janssen and Lundbeck [8][9]"


National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health » Mental Health Policy and Advocacy Organizations the below in "quotes" cited from listed web-articel as example only:

"Mental Health Policy and Advocacy Organizations
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

First Nations Behavioral Health Association (FNBHA)
FNBHA was established to provide an organization for Native American indigenous people to advocate for the mental well being of Native peoples by increasing the knowledge and awareness of issues impacting Native mental health. The purpose of FNBHA is to provide national leadership to all groups, institutions, and individuals that plan, provide, and access Native American behavioral health services.

National Alliance of Multi-Ethnic Behavioral Health Associations
NAMBHA is a non-profit organization representing a myriad of racial/ethnic behavioral health associations. Its purpose is to bring organizations representing diverse people of color together as a single voice to increase the effectiveness of advocacy, ensure a positive impact on the use of resources, and to collectively share expertise on behavioral health issues that significantly affect people of color. The mission of NAMBHA is to collectively promote the behavioral well-being and full potential of people of color and to eliminate disparities in behavioral health services and treatment through policy reform, culturally appropriate research and evaluation, systems change and transformation, acquisition and distribution of resources, and consumer involvement."

Once again, hope this assists some veterans and or their families out there, perhaps having difficulties US Dept. Vet. Affairs or alternative means to address potential complaints US Dept. Vet. Affairs etc...????

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The website appears to be functioning well. What issue are you experiencing?

ChaplainCharlie- thanks for asking, numerous issues:

-Cannot Copy Paste correctly
-Fonts, etc..do whatever want typing
-Uploading Files issue-pictures
-Undue timeouts by various web-browsers
-etc...

Could possibly not be web-site but possibly the connection to as area US in suffers severe ISP, and other issues....????

Once again thanks for asking ChaplainCharlie- and was this post-Thread- (aside addressing internet issues) useful or not.....in your humble opinion??????

PS: If interested see the below on broad band" and US Federal Level Legislators one can perhaps one contact about ISP as well as Vets issues-those interested, for example only:









Hope this assist's those ISP or US Vet. Affairs issues........
 
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PS: If interested see the below on broad band" and US Federal Level Legislators one can perhaps one contact about ISP as well as Vets issues-those interested, for example only:

ChaplainCharlie-simply thought would follw-up, some more information on Broadband Issues local area(s) vic my region US:

- Broadband Buildout Bill Introduced

- Text - H.R.1328 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): ACCESS BROADBAND Act

- Why did Alabama stop pursuing rural internet access?

- http://www.ncsl.org/research/telecommunications-and-information-technology/broadband-statutes.aspx

- State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (fourth): Alabama through Iowa

- Statewide 5G regulation bill died, issue remains | Alabama Daily News

- Alabama Voices: Will Alabama's internet bills raise electric bills?

Once again hope this assist's those Vets ISP - US DVA VTC Issues or general US Vet. Affairs issues........

PS: Supposedly one town on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, was not even reporting "Broadband,etc.." tax revenue in its budget until supposedly a concerned local vet-citizen pointed it out City Government.....if, true good luck anyone trying get those "Public Records" without an attorney?????
 
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ChaplainCharlie-simply thought would follw-up, some more information on Broadband Issues local area(s) vic my region US:

ChaplainCharlie not what this thread about- instead about alternative means Vets have to address potential US Dept. Vet Affairs issues, etc...outside US Dept. Vet. Affairs Channels, such as some of the below, for example only:







Etc...

Hope this information, as well, is useful to vets and their families potential quality care issues not only US Dpt. Vet Affairs facilities but perhaps others as well....????
 

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ChaplainCharlie-simply thought would follw-up, some more information on Broadband Issues local area(s) vic my region US:

- Broadband Buildout Bill Introduced

Chaplain Charlie- just to floow-up, a local vet, Gulf Coast Va, recently learned, apparently, that at least at New Mobile Al, US dept, Vet. Affairs, MOPC by the end FY2019 all providers this location must be seeing at least one patient VTC.....?????

If true this is fantastic, due host of reasons, howvere, one big potential issue is local ISP Providers and potential vet internet connection issues, as in many areas the internet (among other things particularly Daphne-Fairhope-Spanish Fort metro complex) not very reliable, to say least as well as security issues as elaborated other threads/post's this site, with vets being able sign into VTC no designated user-name/password- and supposedly US VA Providers must "verify" them via sight and sound.....hummph...????

Anyway, thought would post some things to elaborate.....if interested see below:

https://www.inscom.army.mil/Contracting/VIMES/vtc_stig_v1r1_010807_final[1].pdf (see attached .pdf file below from listed web-site; and in "quotes" below)

"Unfortunately this is not the case for Internet Protocol (IP) based or network connected endpoints, particularly those that are appearing in offices, on desks, and in PC workstations. These VTC endpoints are riddled with IA deficiencies and issues due to their many useful features, connectivity options, and minimal support for DoD IA controls. They are no longer in VTC facilities and they are operated by regular users, not trained facilitators. The mere introduction of a VTC endpoint into a workspace places the collateral information in the workspace at risk of compromise. Collateral information; is information that is in the workspace that is not meeting or conference related but can be seen by the camera or heard by the microphone. Collateral information can also be non meeting/conference related information on a PC workstation that is used to participate in, or present to, a conference."

Furthermore, for some clarity on rural vs. urban defintion please see, if interested, some of the below:


https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/reference/ua/Defining_Rural.pdf (see image as well attached.pdf file from listed web-site below)

Capture Urbanized Areas And Urban Cluster 2010 From US Census Bureau.JPG


For those resident's of Alabama, with such issues, would perhaps recommend contacting their local US Federal Lawmakers, so if interested please see below:


For general interest, would recommend the following, if interested:




https://www.va.gov/TRIBALGOVERNMENT.../VTC_presentation_tribal_justiceDB4222013.pdf (see attached .pdf from listed web-site)



Once again hope this assist some vets- particularly those in "rural or so called "rural" areas, etc.....

PS: The below may be of interest as well, for example only:

(The World’s Wealthiest Family Gets $4 Million Richer Every Hour )

Forums Transition Forum: Veterans Affairs and SSDI Veterans Affairs, SSDI, and other Benefits Other Benefits Anybody Else Having "Security" Issues Signing On New US DVA VTC System- Supposedly 'ACME'....?”


Forums Transition Forum: Veterans Affairs and SSDI Veterans Affairs, SSDI, and other Benefits "Best States for Disabled Veterans"

Forums PEB and Disability Evaluation System Overview Conditions and Ratings "Of the 5-Human Senses Are Loss Of Smell And Taste Compensated By The US Department of Veterans Affairs!"

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ChaplainCharlie- so aware when posted above Post#7, could not connect to this site via google.....hummph....????

Also, thought some might find of interest in keeping with:
https://www2.census.gov/geo/pdfs/reference/ua/Defining_Rural.pdf (see image as well attached.pdf file from listed web-site below)

Capture Urbanized Areas And Urban Cluster 2010 From US Census Bureau.JPG

Apparently, in the Spanish Fort-Daphne-Fairhope-Foley ALmetro complex, IAW former vets, some Postal Carriers do not have to wear uniforms whilst performing duties as some areas considered "rural" vs. "Urban", etc.... which is interesting given US Census data?????? Those interested might want see below web-links????:





Is it Time for a Uniform Approach to Uniforms? | USPS Office of Inspector General (the below in "quotes" cited from listed web-link...)

"The U.S. Postal Service delivery workforce consists of city and rural letter carriers, who perform similar duties, but have differences in compensation and work rules. City letter carriers typically work routes that are high density and low mileage. These routes are classified as either “mounted” routes (for those that require a vehicle) or “walking” routes (for those that are done on foot). City letter carriers are also given a $371 per year uniform allowance."

Transitioning Military - Careers - About.usps.com (the below in "quotes" from listed web-site..)

"The United States Postal Service® has a long history of providing career opportunities to veterans, reservists, and their family members. In fact, we currently employ nearly 100,000 Military members and Veterans in our organization. We value the leadership, reliability, and high-tech skills veterans bring to the organization, as well as their loyalty and integrity.
The Postal recruiting team recruits nationwide and year-round. These hiring events are great opportunities for you to visit with our team and ask specific questions about the Postal Service™
."


http://www.lunewsviews.com/militarymemo.htm FAQs-For U.S. Postal Service Employees With Military Obligations

Anyway, ChaplainCharlie, thought might find interesting......

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Apparently, in the Spanish Fort-Daphne-Fairhope-Foley ALmetro complex, IAW former vets, some Postal Carriers do not have to wear uniforms whilst performing duties as some areas considered "rural" vs. "Urban", etc.... which is interesting given US Census data?????? Those interested might want see below web-links????:

Those vet's interested US Postal Service, might be interested in the following-perhaps? :



With such a large number US Vet's working US Postal Service one would think be among highest US Federal Agiencies with little to no issues...:




Anyway, hope this assists some vets, etc......

PS: Might want see following, for general interest only:





Forums Resources and Files Law Review Articles Some questions veteran’s ethics, that hopefully a Super Moderator can answer?”

Forums Resources and Files Department of Defense Regulations Express Scripts Issue's Fexofinidene (allegria) -All Vet's Retirees Out There-Question?????”


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Those vet's interested US Postal Service, might be interested in the following-perhaps? :

https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes435051.htm#st

One of the big advantages of hiring veterans US Postal Service and other Federal agencies would be, even the basic infantry rifleman, Bradley IFV crew-member, tank crew member, not to mention those in CS/CSS Branches- Ordinance corps, Transportation Corps, etc... or even those whom served other Services such as US Navy on submarines or USAF..would simply basic knowledge of equipment maintenance.... so if interested see below for example....???:

https://www.armystudyguide.com/cont...ics/maintenance/maintenance-study-guide.shtml (The below in "quotes" from listed web-site...)

"6
What does PMCS stand for?
Preventative Maintenance Checks and Service
7
When is a PMCS required to be performed?
Before, during and after the operation of a piece of equipment and also at weekly and monthly intervals

11
Who is required to perform a PMCS?
Every operator who is assigned a piece of equipment
"

The anatomy of two-level maintenance in Multi-Domain Battle (The below in "quotes" from listed web-site...)

"Field-level maintenance is performed by individual units, or their supporting units, on their own equipment. Systems are repaired in maintenance facilities, motor pools, mobile shops, or the tactical environment. Duties for this level of maintenance include approved field-level modification work orders, fault and failure diagnoses, battle damage assessment and repair, recovery, calibration, and replacement of damaged or unserviceable parts and components. Other duties include the manufacturing of critical unavailable parts and inspecting, servicing, lubricating, adjusting, and replacing parts, minor assemblies, and subassemblies."

So with that in mind, and 10000 vets or appx. 1/4 work-force USPS US veterans then might want to consider, what the issues might potentially be (?):






Those vet's seeking jobs USPS might find following web-link and attached .pdf file from web-site useful: https://apwu.org/sites/default/files/po-603_rural_carrier_duties_and_responsibilities_sep_2013.pdf

Once again, hope this assists some vets, etc......

PS: Might find "old," via micro-film apparently, Army Maintenance file interesting as well:



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Some other things potentially outside "official" US VA channels vts and/or families may potentially seek help from are, for example only:

Once again from website: Joint Commission - Wikipedia below in "quotes" cited from:

"Alternatives in the United States[edit]
The Joint Commission is not a complete monopoly, and while many states in the U.S. make use of their services, they are not used by all. Some states have set up their own alternative assessment procedures; the Joint Commission is not recognized for state licensure in the states of Oklahoma (except for hospital-based outpatient mental health services), Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In California, The Joint Commission is part of a joint survey process with state authorities.[18]
There are also other healthcare accreditation organizations in the U.S. unrelated to the Joint Commission.[19] These include Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC),[20] the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities(CARF),[21] the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP),[22] the "Exemplary Provider Program" of The Compliance Team,[23] the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP),[24]the [Health Services National Commission on Correctional Health Care,[25] Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC),[26] and the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) who are recognised in the state of Ohio.[27]
HFAP is actually older than the Joint Commission and has been in operation since 1945.[28]
On September 26, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted deeming authority for hospitals to DNV Healthcare Inc. (DNVHC), an operating company of Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a Norwegian international company that has been operating in the U.S. since 1898.[29]
The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ), based in Round Rock, Texas, was granted deeming authority for hospitals by the CMS In July 2013.[30]"

From above and for example only: Health Services

Those veterans with Mental Health issues and perhaps having difficulty US VA System the below may be of some use:

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Wikipedia following in "quotes" cited from list web-article:

"The National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) is a United States-based advocacy group originally founded as a grassroots group by family members of people diagnosed with mental illness. NAMI identifies its mission as being "dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness".[1] NAMI offers classes and trainings for people living with mental illnesses, their families, community members, and professionals, including what is termed psychoeducation, or education about mental illness [2][3] NAMI holds regular events which combine fundraising for the organization and education, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks.[1]
Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, NAMI has around 1,000 state and local affiliates and is represented in 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.[4] NAMI is funded primarily through pharmaceutical company donations,[5] individual donors, as well as sponsorships and grants.[6] NAMI publishes a magazine around twice a year called The Advocate.[7] NAMI also runs a HelpLine five days a week, which is funded in part by pharmaceutical companies Janssen and Lundbeck [8][9]"

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health » Mental Health Policy and Advocacy Organizations the below in "quotes" cited from listed web-article as example only:


Wonder if in the case of, death a Gulf Coast VA/VIN-16 in Biloxi MS HQ, (see web-article:Biloxi VA cited in report detailing staff’s response to a patient’s death ) any of the alternatives VA OIG/ Joint Commission, listed here were contacted for perhaps a second or third opinion....????

Anyway may be interested in below from VA OIG at web-address: Adobe Document Cloud and associated.pdf file attached below?????? The below in "quotes" is cited from listed web-link and attached report....

"Facility leaders initiated a fact-finding review in 2017, and assigned the Chief Nurse of Behavioral Health as the reviewer. The facility’s fact-finding review included a recommendation to discuss reporting of nurses to the state licensing boards. Reporting to state licensing boards is required when a licensed health care professional “substantially failed to meet generallyaccepted standards of clinical practice as to raise reasonable concern for the safety of patients.” 7"

"However, facility leaders did not have documentation that the state licensing boards were contacted as some of the nurses involved in this event resigned or retired. While some nurses have resigned or retired, the recommendation to report to the state licensing boards remains. The OIG team determined that the facility did not ensure consideration of institutional disclosure in this event involving an unanticipated outcome. Facility staff indicated that conclusions from the root cause analysis did not trigger an institutional disclosure. The intent of institutional disclosure is to inform patients and their families about substantive issues related to their care and options for redress, when appropriate. In this event, Veterans Health Administration leaders should disclose the event to the patient’s family as it could not be determined if the patient could have been resuscitated with timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). "


Hope this assist at least one vet and or family-dependents, survivors etc......

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"However, facility leaders did not have documentation that the state licensing boards were contacted as some of the nurses involved in this event resigned or retired. While some nurses have resigned or retired, the recommendation to report to the state licensing boards remains. The OIG team determined that the facility did not ensure consideration of institutional disclosure in this event involving an unanticipated outcome. Facility staff indicated that conclusions from the root cause analysis did not trigger an institutional disclosure. The intent of institutional disclosure is to inform patients and their families about substantive issues related to their care and options for redress, when appropriate. In this event, Veterans Health Administration leaders should disclose the event to the patient’s family as it could not be determined if the patient could have been resuscitated with timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). "

Hope this assist at least one vet and or family-dependents, survivors etc......

Not to be a skeptic, but it is exceedingly difficult to get "straight" answer's out of the US Dept. Vet Affairs, let alone Gulf Coast VA/VISN-16, and wonder if anyone has checked to see if Gulf Coast VA or VISN-16 or other VA System rehired any individuals from above "vet death incident"...???? IAW VA employees in past, certain individuals either left voluntarily or were fired and brought back, say for example "Caregiver Support"...see below, among other various staff agencies/entities GulF Coast VA:

Caregiver Support - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (See in "quotes" below possible example only...???)

"Caregiver Support
  • Hollie-Lyn James, LMSW
    850-912-2336
  • Teresa Lanier, MSN, RN, CNL
    251-219-3945
  • Laureen Montgomery, LCSW
    228-523-4699

Learn more about VA Caregiver Support at www.caregiver.va.gov. "

Additionally might want to see:



"Patient Advocates

Biloxi: 228-523-4328; 228-523-5761; 228-523-5760
Mobile: 251-219-3908
Pensacola: 850-912-2403; 850-912-2050
Eglin: 850-609-7039; 850-609-2702
Panama City: 850-636-7039" (cited in "quotes" above listed website(s) )


As well may other web-articles the above and the article below:


Anyway, perhaps the Gulf Coast patient Avocates can assist, those might have questions, regarding any potential caregiver "rehires"......Gulf Coast VA/VISN-16, if any?????



Who knows.....?????

Again, hope this assist at least one vet and or family-dependents, survivors etc......

PS: Gulf Coast VA Public Affairs might be of assistance as well, anyone with inquires regarding any potential "rehires".....

Contact the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (from listed web-site: Public Affairs Office at (228) 523-5959 or (850) 912-2380. )


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Anyway, perhaps the Gulf Coast patient Avocates can assist, those might have questions, regarding any potential caregiver "rehires"......Gulf Coast VA/VISN-16, if any?????


Who knows.....?????

Again, hope this assist at least one vet and or family-dependents, survivors etc......

Thought new vets- OEf/OIF, etc..might find interesting as well....

At one point the OEF/OIF Team Chief Position was "coded" for a Nurse Practitioner, and this was IAW mny vets Gulf Coast VA highly useful, as they had medical knowledge that they could utilize to look at vet's medical records and truly assit in which areas they required, physical and mental health, with their knowledge of human anatomy, biology, chemistry, and limited mental health training, as well- much more so than a "social worker" in all these various fields of medicine.....

Somehow in 2016 this changed- see below and attached .pdf file from listed website:


Interestingly, stated directive no longer specifies this, as per below .pdf it states: "(2) Appointing a social worker or nurse to serve as the medical center TCM Program Manager. The position reports directly to the facility Director, or designee."

As one can see from: Returning Service Members - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (below in "quotes" cited from listed website..)

"Transition and Care Management (TCM)/OEF/OIF/OND Team:
TCM/OEF/OIF/OND Main Office Location:
Bldg. 3, 1A103
400 Veterans Ave.
Biloxi, MS 39531
Fax: 228.523.5169

Gil Carde, LMSW
Mobile Case Manager
Mobile, AL 36604
(251) 219-3726
[email protected]

Kristen Freeman, LCSW

Florida Case Manager
Joint Ambulatory Care Center
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 912-2025
[email protected]

Estelle (Will) Nail, LMSW

Case Manager
228-523-5965
Biloxi, MS 39531
[email protected]
Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor
Transition Patient Advocate
Transition Care Management
Biloxi, MS 39531
VISN 16
(228) 523.4933 Office
(228) 523-5861 (Fax)
[email protected]
Tiesha Taylor

Tiesha Taylor, LMSW

Case Manager
OEF/OIF Clinic
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 523-5455
[email protected]

There is not a nurse, nurse practitioner, no even a PA- physicians assistant any longer on Gulf Coast VA Team.....

Furthermore, IAW USA Jobs under various searches no "nurse practitioner" job opening posted nor PA job posted to once again head this team- see for example:

Physician Primary Care (below in "quotes" cited from listed website..)

"Physician Primary Care
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Gulf Coast VA Healthcare System

Overview

  • Open & closing dates
    06/11/2019 to 12/31/2019
  • Service
    Excepted
  • Pay scale & grade
    VM 15
  • Salary
    $104,843 to $225,000 per year
  • Appointment type
    Permanent
  • Work schedule
    Full-Time
HelpLocations
10 vacancies in the following locations:

Relocation expenses reimbursed
No
Telework eligible
No"


So are Returning Service members truly getting the best care now in Gulf Coast VA/VIS-16 and perhaps other US Dept. VA systems....???????

Anyway, good question, think vets ought to address to the "Gulf Coast VALeadership Team" at web-address: Leadership Team - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System or VISN -16 Leadership at Leadership Team - South Central VA Health Care Network or any other US Dept. Vet Affairs local/regional sytm with similar issues...if veterans themselves are so inclined to "advocate" their own best collective interests with US Dept. Vet. Affairs???????

Again, hope this assist at least one vet and or family-dependents, survivors etc......

PS: Might want see US Dept Vet Affairs Web-site:

Care Management and Social Work - Patient Care Services (below in "quotes" cited from listed website..)

"Care Management and Social Work
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Care Management and Social Work (CM/SW) is leading VA's transformation to a Veteran-Centric organization that places Veterans and their families first. CM/SW programs provide a vast array clinical service, which address the needs of wounded, injured and ill Servicemembers, Veterans, their family members and family caregivers, with care and compassion throughout the Veteran Health Administration. CM/SW six national VA programs are:


  • Caregiver Support Program: Family caregivers play a crucial role in supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans of all eras who require the assistance of another. Through VA’s Caregiver Support Program, family caregivers have access to a menu of supports and services to assist in the caregiving journey such as specialized training, peer support and on line resources available at www.caregiver.va.gov. A toll free Caregiver Support Line (855-260-3274) is also available for those seeking information on caregiving. The Support Line is staffed by licensed social workers who are available to provide emotional support, resource connection and referrals to local Caregiver Support Coordinators located at every VA Medical Center.
  • Partner Violence (DV/IPV) Assistance Program: The VA Intimate Partner Violence Program addresses the identification of IPV and access to services for Veterans with the aim of maintaining or establishing the physical, emotional and psychological safety and well-being of Veterans and their families. Program implementation across VHA expands, screening, prevention, and intervention services to Veterans and strengthens collaboration with community partners. The focus is on developing a culture of safety and adopting a holistic, trauma-informed, Veteran-centered approach to services and support for those Veterans using and experiencing intimate partner violence.
  • Fisher House & Family Hospitality Program: This highly acclaimed program provides national oversight for the Temporary Lodging and Fisher House Programs. The Temporary Lodging program (generally referred to as “Hoptel”) provides temporary lodging for Veterans receiving outpatient VA medical care or Compensation and Pension (C&P) examinations. Veterans may be accompanied by family members or Caregivers to provide additional support during the course of treatment. Temporary accommodations may be provided in non-utilized beds and rooms at a VA health care facility, or lodging facilities in the community such as hotels or motels. The VA Fisher House Program provides temporary accommodations for the family and Caregivers of hospitalized Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers. Fisher House Foundation builds and donates a comfortable “home away from home” to VA Medical Centers that enables families to be together during a loved one’s extended treatment for serious illness or lengthy rehabilitation. Fisher Houses are built on the premise that “a family’s love is good medicine,” and when a loved one is ill or injured, the Fisher House unites families and relieves the financial and emotional strain of being away from home. Fisher Houses provide a warm and compassionate environment where families and Caregivers find support and encouragement from others in similar circumstances. There is no charge for guests to stay at a VA Fisher House. Link to Fisher House information.
  • Social Work: Social workers are an integral part of the Veterans Health. Social workers support and advance the mission by providing high quality psychosocial services to Veterans, their families, and /caregivers. Social workers are Licensed Independent Practitioners and are highly valued as interdisciplinary team members. Social work services are a key component in the continuum of clinical services provided to Veterans in VHA facilities. Social workers assist Veterans by helping them cope with and solve issues in their everyday lives. They connect Veterans with services and programs to meet their emergent needs. The Social Work Program provides policy development for the professional practice of social work for VA’s social work programs nationwide. VA is the largest employer of social workers in the Nation with over 12,000 Master’s prepared social workers. VA trains more social work graduate students than any other single agency. The social work allied health trainee program in collaboration with the Office of Academic Affiliations offers approximately 1,000 stipends per year and helps meet succession planning for social work. Link to Social Work Site.
  • National Chaplain Center - The Mission of the National Chaplain Center is to empower Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains in the achievement of excellence in meeting the Spiritual Healthcare needs of Veterans.Spiritual and Pastoral Care is an integrated part of VHA’s health care program, available for Veterans and their immediate family (caregivers) as they wish. VHA employs professionally educated and clinically trained chaplains to provide pastoral care and counseling as part of the interdisciplinary teams. Chaplains provide religious services and sacraments, guaranteeing Veterans’ free exercise of religion. Chaplains serve as subject matter experts on the interdisciplinary healthcare teams, ensuring patients’ spiritual and religious concerns are known and understood by the healthcare team. Every VA Medical Center has a chapel available for use by all Veterans and their families. Our Veterans represent a broad spectrum of religious traditions. All Veterans and their family members are welcome to attend religious services or use the VA chapel for prayer, meditation and quiet contemplation. National Chaplain Center Internet Site: National Chaplain Center - Patient Care Services
  • Transition and Care Management Program: VA provides comprehensive transition assistance and care management for wounded, ill and injured post 9/11 Veterans. Since 2007, each VA Medical Center has a Transition and Care Management (TCM) team who is highly experienced and specially trained in the needs of returning combat Servicemembers and new Veterans. These teams coordinate patient care activities and ensure that Servicemembers and Veterans are receiving patient-centered, integrated care and benefits. TCM clinical case managers screen all new Veterans for the need for case management services to identify Veterans who may be at risk so VA can intervene early and provide assistance before the Veteran is in crisis. In addition to prevalent medical and mental health issues related to deployment, this screening includes the risk factors for psychosocial issues such as homelessness, unemployment, and substance abuse. Severely ill and/or injured Servicemembers/Veterans are provided a case manager and other post 9/11 Servicemembers/Veterans are assigned a case manager as indicated by a positive screening assessment or upon request. The Veteran may request case management services at any time during the continuum of care. Case management needs are identified early, a plan of care is developed, and follow up is provided as long as needed.
  • VA Liaison for Healthcare Program: VA has 43 VA Liaisons for Healthcare stationed at 21 of the major MTFs with high concentrations of recovering Servicemembers returning from theaters of combat. These VA Liaisons, who are either social workers or nurses, facilitate the transfer of wounded, injured and ill Servicemembers and Veterans from the MTF to a VA health care facility closest to their home or most appropriate for the specialized services their medical condition requires. VA Liaisons collaborate with the MTF treatment team to ensure that VA services are accessed for a Servicemember as early as appropriate for their clinical condition. VA Liaisons are co-located with DoD Case Managers at MTFs and provide onsite consultation and collaboration regarding VA resources and treatment options. VA Liaisons contact treatment teams, including specialty services, from VA facilities nationwide to engage with patients prior to separating from active duty. VA Liaisons meet with Servicemembers directly to provide education about VA healthcare benefits and services as well as discuss the individual’s healthcare needs and the VA system of care. They identify and communicate healthcare needs to the VA healthcare facility closest to the Servicemember’s home or most appropriate location for the specialized services the medical condition requires."

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All- will keep short and did not know where to post, but this seemed somewhat fitting, as was given good advice log ago to look up non-profits before donating and thought would share, so if interested please see below:



As examples only from above and in "quotes":

"Salvation Army World Service OfficeGold
SAWSO
Alexandria, VA | EIN: 13-2923701 | bridge Number: 0624117919
...health. SAWSO also works toward increasing the capacity of Salvation Army personnel to develop and implement effective programs to ... a variety of community-based programs and works through the Army's worldwide network of personnel and facilities in 127 countries ...
GROSS RECEIPTS
$50,231,270
ASSETS
$63,361,172
"





Hope assists those vets find themselves in civilian care situation as well donating non-profits as many perhaps like to do if can:

PS: Might be interested in below:






Once again thanks and some delay, etc..in logging on and other issues.....as well as Happy Veterans Day all who served.....
 
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