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Strategies to improve compensation and pension timeliness: lessons learned from high-performing facilities.
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PMID:  21265305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The compensation and pension (C&P) process is the mechanism by which injured Veterans are assigned their medical and disability benefits. As part of the documentation and rating process performed by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), many Veterans need supplemental medical examinations performed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Improving C&P examination timeliness is a goal of many VHA facilities. To identify strategies to improve examination timeliness, we used national performance measures to identify high-performing VHA facilities. We then interviewed seven facilities using Donabedian's structure-process-outcome framework to determine characteristics attributed to their high-performance. We developed a list of high-performance characteristics common to all facilities, which relied on a tailored relationship between each VHA facility and VBA office. Additional characteristics were grouped thematically into three management foci - financial incentives, role specialization, and process reliability. Distillation of these characteristics provides guidance to other VHA facilities seeking to improve their C&P timeliness.
Belinda V Luk; Brian Shiner; Bradley V Watts; Lisa Zubkoff; James E Schlosser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  175     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  978-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
VA-New England Healthcare Engineering Partnership, White River Junction Field Office, 215 North Main Street, 11Q, White River Junction, VT 05009, USA.
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