Transforming VA’s Community Care Program: A Conversation with Dr. Baligh Yehia, Former Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Transforming VA’s Community Care Program: A Conversation with Dr. Baligh Yehia, Former Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 - 14:20
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In today’s complex and changing healthcare environment, where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is experiencing a steep increase in demand for care, it is essential for the VA to partner with providers in communities across the country to meet the needs of veterans.

These partnerships must be principle-based, streamlined, and easy to navigate for veterans, community providers, and VA employees. Historically, the department has used numerous programs, each with its own unique set of requirements, to create these critical partnerships with community providers. This resulted in a complex and confusing landscape for veterans and community providers, as well as the VA employees who serve and support them.

Dr. Baligh Yehia is the former Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He joined me on The Business of Government Hour just prior to leaving VA, to offer his perspective on the mission of its Office of Community Care, how VA is enhancing community care, and what’s on the horizon for the VA Choice Act. The following is an edited excerpt of our discussion, complemented with additional research.

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