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Running head: HEALTH CARE 1
Improving Veterans Access to Healthcare
Student’s Name
Institutional Affiliation
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Improving Veterans Access to Healthcare
Abstract
Veterans put a lot on the line to protect and serve this great nation. To support the
healthcare needs of these brave individuals, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) was
created, which sought to provide lifelong access to healthcare. Quality care for the quality
individuals that have served is often a rallying cry from politicians from both sides.
Unfortunately, the ability for this organization to meet the needs it was created to satisfy has
been less than satisfactory. One of the major complaints of this organization has been
ridiculously long waiting times to see a provider. Long wait times due to lack of funding are
remedied by reallocating funds currently available for Medicaid to the VA. Providing veterans
quick and effective access to healthcare, especially at no actual additional cost to taxpayers, is an
outcome that the country as a whole can
agree on.
Introduction
Our nation's biggest and most advanced human services agency is VA (Veterans Affair)
Health Care System. Veterans and retirees depend on the medical system to meet all of their
national insurance demands. " (Dummit et al., 2016). Veterans' healthcare needs to be improved
by the government of the United States. Medical attendants' work requirements and skills were
thus expanded by the Health Administration (VHA). Health care practitioners must be capable of
managing and correctly handle the myriad difficulties associated with veterans' health, according
to Olenick, Flowers, and Diaz (2015). These concerns include both physical and emotional
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health. There are a wide range of health concerns that need to be treated, including, but not
limited to, behavioral changes, drug use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain damage,
depression, chronic pain, amputations, and exposure to heavy chemicals. Taking care of even a
few of these health concerns is essential!
Unless the VA health services are upgraded, many more veterans will have to go
unrecognized, treatment will be delayed, and more may die as a result of insufficient medical
attention (Dummit et al., 2016). Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs) are the VA's solution for
providing outstanding attention in this regard. CNSs or clinical attendants in APRN are
responsible for the transportation of patients in nursing care, and are organized into medical
attendant pros or Committees on State Security Systems (CNSs) (Dummit et al., 2016). Changes
like this show how serious the healthcare industry is about providing top-notch treatment.
However, further actions must be taken to ensure that veterans get even better care. Tuscaloosa
VA Health Clinic, which provides primary, long-term, and psychiatric care for veterans inside
the Southeast Network, will be the focal point for quality improvement efforts.
Analysis
Multiple obstacles may arise while providing healthcare to veterans. This section
examines some of the more common ones. Using both the external PESTLE and internal models,
this study will ensure that both the internally and externally variables that affect veterans' access
to healthcare will be thoroughly discussed.
Internal Analysis: SWOT
Tuscaloosa VA medical Center has values of the organisation as well as performance
targets that are representative of the overall strategic plan of appropriately serving the veterans
by delivering quality treatment in an exceptional way (Kaushal et al., 2015). In its plans, there
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are essential problems that define the strategic plans of the firm; internal study of the
organization is essential in order to identify areas that require further development as well as
those who need strengthening in the endeavor to increase access and services for veterans
(Kaushal et al., 2015). For the most part, and in accordance with the ministry of veteran affairs'
definition, the specific needs of veterans must be strengthened.
Strengths
There are processes at the Tuscaloosa VA health clinic that encourage monitoring,
assessment and quality of care in accordance with VISN regulations (Kaushal et al., 2015). The
facility is able to set long-term and short-term goals for dealing with the issues that are common
among eligible veterans via strategic planning. It is possible to keep track of the quality of
medical treatment provided if you have a good grasp on what patients say they want.
Weaknesses
Political meddling via the directives that are enforced from a political front area huge
concern. Health care services and recommendations should be more focused on quality and
evidence rather than the majority's preference.
Opportunities
Evidence-based practice is encouraged at Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, and the
institution also promotes the expansion of evidence-based practice expertise. Such might have a
significant impact on the quality of care provided to patients. According to Shabot (2013),
medical institutions have several options to engage in initiatives that focus on performance
improvement. To enhance outcomes for patients at the hospital, such quality improvement efforts
are critical.
Threats
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It is expected that the best competent persons would avoid working at VA hospitals
because of the low average salary compared to comparable private institutions. According to
Romoren (2011), the quality of patient care depends on a variety of factors, including the quality
of the healthcare team's leadership. A minimal number of competent staff members is expected
in the amenities (Kaushal et al., 2015). Further, as a consequence of financial restrictions, there is
minimal fundingof the initiatives, a component that needs be considerably strengthened for such
programs as evidence-based care to succeed.
SWOT Summary
Different features of organizations might have a negative or passive influence on the
provision of services. Staff, network, innovation, and administration are a few things that must
be evaluated while assessing a company's internal environment in order to prevent quality
treatment from being badly compromised. (Kaushal et al., 2015). The SWOT analysis shows that
the Tuscaloosa VA medical center has some real strengths on which it can rely to provide high-
quality treatment to veterans.
In other cases, however, these benefits are hampered by external influences, such as
policy. If there is a big potential for nurse involvement in proof practice, management should
encourage and establish procedures and means for this endeavor to be conducted by the
employees (Mcfadden et al., 2015). Given that the payment scale is externally managed, this
threat is still very much in place. A combination of current strengths and opportunities may be
used to lessen the negative effects of threats and enhance the quality of care provided to veterans.
PESTLE Analysis
Political Environment.
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The regulations and legislation that govern the healthcare environment for veterans
depend heavily on the benevolence of political players (Kauth, 2016). It is more probable that
legislation targeted at improving VA health care will be approved in an amicable political
environment
Technology Factors.
Military veterans are better served when technology is used in their treatment, according
to Kruse and colleagues (2018). Using telemedicine as an element of advancements in healthcare
may reduce wait times for patients, therefore ensuring that veterans get better treatment.
Economic Factors.
To strengthen the healthcare service for the veterans, there is need for increased financial
allocations. As a last consideration, the economy must be able to support the use of the funds to
improve the service provision for veterans. Tuscaloosa's services and others will benefit from an
increase in budgetary resources.
Social Factors.
Most of the veterans endure mental and physical stress throughout their assignments
(Mcfadden et al., 2015). As such, there is need to give assistance which will not only increase
their confidence but also improve their mental health (Mcfadden et al., 2015). Improved results
in this area might be achieved by raising awareness among the general public about the health
and other needs of veterans.
Legal Environment.
It is imperative that veterans and healthcare providers alike have enough legal assistance
to ensure that veterans receive the best possible healthcare services. It is thus imperative that all
legal aspects of Tuscaloosa's veterans' care be simplified in order to expedite legislation and the
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implementation of high-quality healthcare services. Legal teams may also be able to get better
pay for veterans (Mcfadden et al., 2015). There are a number of factors that contribute to
Tuscaloosa VA's ability to provide better care to veterans, and they are all beneficial. Because of
a frigid national political climate, it is clear how veterans' issues are handled when the necessity
arises from a political perspective.
In addition to this, further spending in the budgets would raise the number of membership
from the current benchmark of those individuals who were affected by the September 11th
terrorist attacks between 2000 and 2012. It is only reasonable that the community be made more
aware of veterans' needs, not just for economic reasons, but also for the sake of improving health
outcomes for those who suffer as a consequence of the increased positivism.
Conclusion
Veterans in rural areas have a hard time getting access to high-quality medical care.
Neediness, vagabondism and drug addiction might aggravate the medical conditions of certain
provincial veterans. Veterans may also be unaware of the benefits, administrations, and offices
the VA makes available to them. With the help of regional health institutions, rural health clinics,
and medical clinics, the VA has worked to improve veterans' access to treatment by establishing
telemedicine, portable VA centers). The VA also relies upon charity veteran administration
organizations to allow veterans to get to social insurance and key human services. With
initiatives like the Veterans Option Program, the VA is responding to the issues that rural
veterans face, such as allowing those who meet certain conditions to get care from a provincial
network provider.
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References
Dummit, L. A., Kahvecioglu, D., Marrufo, G., Rajkumar, R., Marshall, J., Tan, E., ... & Hassol,
A. (2016). Association between hospital participation in a Medicare bundled payment
initiative and payments and quality outcomes for lower extremity joint replacement
episodes. Jama, 316(12), 1267-1278.
Kaushal, A., Zhao, Y., Peng, Q., Strome, T., Weldon, E., Zhang, M., & Chochinov, A. (2015).
Evaluation of fast track strategies using agent-based simulation modelling reduces
waiting time in a hospital emergency department. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 50,
18-31.
McFadden, K. L., Stock, G. N., & Gowen III, C. R. (2015). Leadership, safety climate, and
continuous quality improvement impact process quality and patient safety. Health
care management review, 40(1), 24-34.
Bartunek, J. M. (2011). Intergroup relationships and quality improvement in healthcare. BMJ
quality & safety, 20(Suppl 1), i62-i66.

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Running head: HEALTH CARE 1 Improving Veterans Access to Healthcare Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation HEALTH CARE 2 Improving Veterans Access to Healthcare Abstract Veterans put a lot on the line to protect and serve this great nation. To support the healthcare needs of these brave individuals, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) was created, which sought to provide lifelong access to healthcare. Quality care for the quality individuals that have served is often a rallying cry from politicians from both sides. Unfortunately, the ability for this organization to meet the needs it was created to satisfy has been less than satisfactory. One of the major complaints of this organization has been ridiculously long waiting times to see a provider. Long wait times due to lack of funding are remedied by reallocating funds currently available for Medicaid to the VA. Providing veterans quick and effective access to healthcare, especially at no actual additional cost to taxpayers, is an outcome that the country as a whole can agree on. Introduction Our nation's biggest and most advanced human services agency is VA (Veterans Affair) Health Care System. Veterans and retirees depend on the medical system to meet all of their national insurance demands. " (Dummit et al., 2016). Veterans' healthcare needs to be improved by the government of the United States. Medical attendants' work requirements and skills were thus expanded by the Health Administration (VHA). Health care practitioners must be capable of managing and correctly handle the myriad difficulties associated with veterans' health, according to Olenick, Flowers, and Diaz (2015). These concerns include both physical and emotional HEALTH CARE 3 health. There are a wide range of health concerns that need to be treated, including, but not limited to, behavioral changes, drug use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain damage, depression, chronic pain, amputations, and exposure to heavy chemicals. Taking care of even a few of these health concerns is essential! Unless the VA health services are upgraded, many more veterans will have to go unrecognized, treatment will be delayed, and more may die as a result of insufficient medical attention (Dummit et al., 2016). Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs) are the VA's solution for providing outstanding attention in this regard. CNSs or clinical attendants in APRN are responsible for the transportation of patients in nursing care, and are organized into medical attendant pros or Committees on State Security Systems (CNSs) (Dummit et al., 2016). Changes like this show how serious the healthcare industry is about providing top-notch treatment. However, further actions must be taken to ensure that veterans get even better care. Tuscaloosa VA Health Clinic, which provides primary, long-term, and psychiatric care for veterans inside the Southeast Network, will be the focal point for quality improvement efforts. Analysis Multiple obstacles may arise while providing healthcare to veterans. This section examines some of the more common ones. Using both the external PESTLE and internal models, this study will ensure that both the internally and externally variables that affect veterans' access to healthcare will be thoroughly discussed. Internal Analysis: SWOT Tuscaloosa VA medical Center has values of the organisation as well as performance targets that are representative of the overall strategic plan of appropriately serving the veterans by delivering quality treatment in an exceptional way (Kaushal et al., 2015). In its plans, there HEALTH CARE 4 are essential problems that define the strategic plans of the firm; internal study of the organization is essential in order to identify areas that require further development as well as those who need strengthening in the endeavor to increase access and services for veterans (Kaushal et al., 2015). For the most part, and in accordance with the ministry of veteran affairs' definition, the specific needs of veterans must be strengthened. Strengths There are processes at the Tuscaloosa VA health clinic that encourage monitoring, assessment and quality of care in accordance with VISN regulations (Kaushal et al., 2015). The facility is able to set long-term and short-term goals for dealing with the issues that are common among eligible veterans via strategic planning. It is possible to keep track of the quality of medical treatment provided if you have a good grasp on what patients say they want. Weaknesses Political meddling via the directives that are enforced from a political front area huge concern. Health care services and recommendations should be more focused on quality and evidence rather than the majority's preference. Opportunities Evidence-based practice is encouraged at Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, and the institution also promotes the expansion of evidence-based practice expertise. Such might have a significant impact on the quality of care provided to patients. According to Shabot (2013), medical institutions have several options to engage in initiatives that focus on performance improvement. To enhance outcomes for patients at the hospital, such quality improvement efforts are critical. Threats HEALTH CARE 5 It is expected that the best competent persons would avoid working at VA hospitals because of the low average salary compared to comparable private institutions. According to Romoren (2011), the quality of patient care depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the healthcare team's leadership. A minimal number of competent staff members is expected in the amenities (Kaushal et al., 2015). Further, as a consequence of financial restrictions, there is minimal fundingof the initiatives, a component that needs be considerably strengthened for such programs as evidence-based care to succeed. SWOT Summary Different features of organizations might have a negative or passive influence on the provision of services. Staff, network, innovation, and administration are a few things that must be evaluated while assessing a company's internal environment in order to prevent quality treatment from being badly compromised. (Kaushal et al., 2015). The SWOT analysis shows that the Tuscaloosa VA medical center has some real strengths on which it can rely to provide highquality treatment to veterans. In other cases, however, these benefits are hampered by external influences, such as policy. If there is a big potential for nurse involvement in proof practice, management should encourage and establish procedures and means for this endeavor to be conducted by the employees (Mcfadden et al., 2015). Given that the payment scale is externally managed, this threat is still very much in place. A combination of current strengths and opportunities may be used to lessen the negative effects of threats and enhance the quality of care provided to veterans. PESTLE Analysis Political Environment. HEALTH CARE 6 The regulations and legislation that govern the healthcare environment for veterans depend heavily on the benevolence of political players (Kauth, 2016). It is more probable that legislation targeted at improving VA health care will be approved in an amicable political environment Technology Factors. Military veterans are better served when technology is used in their treatment, according to Kruse and colleagues (2018). Using telemedicine as an element of advancements in healthcare may reduce wait times for patients, therefore ensuring that veterans get better treatment. Economic Factors. To strengthen the healthcare service for the veterans, there is need for increased financial allocations. As a last consideration, the economy must be able to support the use of the funds to improve the service provision for veterans. Tuscaloosa's services and others will benefit from an increase in budgetary resources. Social Factors. Most of the veterans endure mental and physical stress throughout their assignments (Mcfadden et al., 2015). As such, there is need to give assistance which will not only increase their confidence but also improve their mental health (Mcfadden et al., 2015). Improved results in this area might be achieved by raising awareness among the general public about the health and other needs of veterans. Legal Environment. It is imperative that veterans and healthcare providers alike have enough legal assistance to ensure that veterans receive the best possible healthcare services. It is thus imperative that all legal aspects of Tuscaloosa's veterans' care be simplified in order to expedite legislation and the HEALTH CARE 7 implementation of high-quality healthcare services. Legal teams may also be able to get better pay for veterans (Mcfadden et al., 2015). There are a number of factors that contribute to Tuscaloosa VA's ability to provide better care to veterans, and they are all beneficial. Because of a frigid national political climate, it is clear how veterans' issues are handled when the necessity arises from a political perspective. In addition to this, further spending in the budgets would raise the number of membership from the current benchmark of those individuals who were affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks between 2000 and 2012. It is only reasonable that the community be made more aware of veterans' needs, not just for economic reasons, but also for the sake of improving health outcomes for those who suffer as a consequence of the increased positivism. Conclusion Veterans in rural areas have a hard time getting access to high-quality medical care. Neediness, vagabondism and drug addiction might aggravate the medical conditions of certain provincial veterans. Veterans may also be unaware of the benefits, administrations, and offices the VA makes available to them. With the help of regional health institutions, rural health clinics, and medical clinics, the VA has worked to improve veterans' access to treatment by establishing telemedicine, portable VA centers). The VA also relies upon charity veteran administration organizations to allow veterans to get to social insurance and key human services. With initiatives like the Veterans Option Program, the VA is responding to the issues that rural veterans face, such as allowing those who meet certain conditions to get care from a provincial network provider. HEALTH CARE 8 References Dummit, L. A., Kahvecioglu, D., Marrufo, G., Rajkumar, R., Marshall, J., Tan, E., ... & Hassol, A. (2016). Association between hospital participation in a Medicare bundled payment initiative and payments and quality outcomes for lower extremity joint replacement episodes. Jama, 316(12), 1267-1278. Kaushal, A., Zhao, Y., Peng, Q., Strome, T., Weldon, E., Zhang, M., & Chochinov, A. (2015). Evaluation of fast track strategies using agent-based simulation modelling reduces waiting time in a hospital emergency department. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 50, 18-31. McFadden, K. L., Stock, G. N., & Gowen III, C. R. (2015). Leadership, safety climate, and continuous quality improvement impact process quality and patient safety. Health care management review, 40(1), 24-34. Bartunek, J. M. (2011). Intergroup relationships and quality improvement in healthcare. BMJ quality & safety, 20(Suppl 1), i62-i66. Name: Description: ...
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