Lack of Oversight on Primary Care Staffing Puts Veterans at Risk: GAO

Primary Care


By Bryant Jordan

The Government Accountability Office on Thursday warned a House of Representatives panel on veterans’ health that a lack of oversight in ensuring veterans hospitals have the right number of professional and support staff to provide primary care may be putting patients at risk.

Randall Williamson, director of health care for the GAO, told the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health that six of seven Veterans Affairs Department medical centers reviewed recently provided flawed, incomplete or erroneous information reflecting how many patients its teams of doctors, nurses and support staff serve.

“Determining how many patients to which each primary care team can reasonably deliver care — referred to as panel size — is critical ensure our nation’s veterans receive timely hire vetsquality care that is delivered in an efficient manner,” Williamson told the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health.

At one hospital, he said, the vacancy rate of primary care providers was 40 percent.

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