The Veterans Choice Act provides VA with the opportunity to redefine what its role will be in 10 years.
Gail Wilensky, a former federal health official and senior fellow at Project Hope, has been part of the oversight of reforms at the Veterans Affairs Department. She joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an update on reform.
A blue-ribbon commission’s review of the Mitre Corporation’s audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs says if the agency doesn’t push for sweeping reforms with Congress’ help, the VA can expect more of the same scandals that put it under the microscope in 2014.
When scandals over scheduling and poor health care reached a boiling point in 2014, Congress acted. One of its mandates in the Veterans Affairs reform bill was a top-to-bottom review of VA’s organizational set-up and whether it was optimal for delivering health care consistently. That task fell to the non-profit Mitre Corporation. After it completed that work, Mitre convened a blue-ribbon commission to review its findings. Gail Wilensky was a co-chair of the commission. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she describes the scope of the commission’s work, and by extension, how deeply Mitre dove in the VA.