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Hallway Lights Off After Set Period Of Inactivity Detected.

Many wings, especially administrative ones, leave their lights on all night. An automatic switch to hallway shut lights off after, say, 30-60 minutes of inactivity detected could save millions overall.

 

Eventually, the same type of switch should beinstalled in each office as many don't bother to shut their lights off each evening.

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Consults,

I suggest that we do away with consults to ophthalmology and have an open clinic as every veteran should be entitled to an eye visit. Moreover consults could be reserved for special issues the provider wants addressed. The change of the women's health to open registration has greatly improved access .

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Reduce Psychiatric Hospitalizations with Assisted Living Arrangemetns

I suggest we establish semi-independent living communities for our Veterans with severe chronic mental illness. Many of our Veterans who use the most psychiatric services in the hospital (care which is expensive) have difficulty maintaining outpatient psychiatric regimines due to both illness and marginal housing situations (if not homelessness). Managing illness while homeless is very difficult, when they can't manage... more »

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Nurse Case Managers are the key to driving health care, controling costs, and promote quality of life.

I suggest that a standardized program should be developed by utilizing nurse case managers to monitor,manage, and drive health care for individuals with chronic diseases in the VA system, Medicare, and Medicaid services,and the private sector. Case management is the backbone for ensuring that the individual gets timely, cost effective care and at the same time provides quality and personal service. The case manager... more »

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VA Prescriptions

I suggest that the VA fill prescriptions written by non-VA doctors, as long as the prescription is on the VA formulary. To require a VA doctor to diagnose and treat a patient that has already been diagnosed and treated by a non-VA doctor is a waste of resources.

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Allowing the use of Challenge Cost Share Agreements between VHA and Community Groups

To support the VA's Open Government Initiative for improved collaberation between the government and community groups, I would like to see Policy allowing the VHA to utilize Challenge Cost Share Agreements. The authority can be found in the FAR, but my understanding is we cannot use them in VHA because we do not have the Agency/Department authority. The Challenge Cost Share Agreement will allow us to work closely with... more »

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Expediting Veterans Benefit Determinations while Saving Money

The VA spends millions of dollars repeating medical tests already performed by the Department of Defense (DoD) when performing medical exams to determine compensation and pension on current service members leaving the armed forces. My recommendation is for the Veterans Administration (VA) to use the results of some of the medical exams performed by the Department of Defense before service members separate from service... more »

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Limit Battery use!

I find it amazing the number of batteries that are wasted. Many of the items used can use AC adapters, yet we place the battery driven item on our desk and waste govenment dollars. Item like calculators, labelers, and hundreds of others can use AC adapters. This can extend the life of our planet by not creating more toxic waste.

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Program Specialist

We could save $656,865 per year if we stop printing the three (3) pages of the Central Contracting Register and the one (1) page of the HHS-OIG Fraud Prevention & Detection Search result for each order small purchase placed.
Please allow me to break this down in funding: This medical center along spent $656,865 in FY 2009 just on those file copies along. That’s 11,649 cases of bond paper @ $56.39 per case for just one... more »

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