This bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to relevant congressional committees every year.
The annual report would evaluate how effective the VHA program is at increasing access to hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care provided by the VA to eligible veterans.
The report would assess the extent to which the VHA has improved the quality of care received by those veterans — without increasing costs to the government or those veterans. Information for each medical center and Veterans Integrated Service Network would also be included.
Additionally, the annual report would evaluate:
The workload of physicians and other employees of the VHA
Patient demographics and utilization rates
The productivity of physicians and other employees of the VHA
The percentage of hospital care, medical services and nursing home care provided to the veterans in both VHA and non-VHA facilities, and how those percentages have changed from the preceding year
This bill would also create a tracking system for biological implants — i.e. any animal or human cell, tissue, or cellular or tissue-based product regulated as a device by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. A commission to assess the effectiveness of mental health care programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would be created. This bill also expands the definition of "homeless veterans" to make more vets eligible for VA programs and benefits.