This summary of three RAND's assessments for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) examines veteran demographics and health care needs, VA's health care capabilities, and authorities and mechanisms for purchasing care.
RAND’s Role in the Veterans Choice Act Assessments
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The Veteran Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act") was signed into law on August 7, 2014. The law expanded the criteria through which veterans can access civilian providers for their health care and called for an independent assessment of the Veterans Health Administration across 12 topics related to the delivery of health care to veterans in facilities owned and operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as well as those under contract to VA.
The Choice Act specified that these assessments should be performed by private entities within 240 days. In late September 2014, the MITRE Corporation's federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), the Center on the Modernization of Healthcare (CAMH), was contracted to serve as the overall integrator for the 12 assessments. MITRE subcontracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct three of the 12 assessments and to prepare reports on the findings and recommendations from these assessments.
RAND conducted the following independent assessments:
- Current and projected characteristics and unique health care needs of the patient population served by the Department.
- Current and projected health care capabilities and resources of the Department, including hospital care, medical services, and other health care furnished by non-Department facilities under contract with the Department, to provide timely and accessible care to veterans
- The authorities and mechanisms under which the Secretary may furnish hospital care, medical services, and other health care at non-Department facilities, including whether the Secretary should have the authority to furnish such care and services at such facilities through the completion of episodes of care.
RAND Assessment Reports
Project Director: Carrie Farmer
Co-Director: Susan Hosek
Current and Projected Characteristics and Unique Health Care Needs of the Patient Population Served by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Assessment Leads: Christine Eibner and Heather Krull
Resources and Capabilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Provide Timely and Accessible Care to Veterans
Assessment Leads: Jeanne Ringel and Peter Hussey
Authorities and Mechanisms for Purchased Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Assessment Leads: Michael Greenberg and Caroline Batka
For more information on the Veterans Choice Act or to access other assessment reports, please visit the Section 201 page on the Chief Strategy Office section of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site.
RAND Veterans Choice Act Contacts
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MITRE is responsible for carrying out other assessments. For additional information about these other assessments, contact:
MITRE, Public Affairs