Today, Congressman Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, reacted to the release of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report issued last night on the VA Maine Healthcare System. The report is a "Combined Assessment Program" (CAP) review, which, among other things, examines how well VA facilities accomplish their missions of providing veterans convenient access to high quality medical services.
"I'm pleased that Togus attained the top national ranking in the VA system for the quality of its end of life care services, and I know the professionals there are dedicated to Maine's veterans," said Michaud. "It's frustrating; however, that some of the recommendations in this report had already been made in 2011. It's critical that Togus take concrete steps to implement these recommendations now, and I look forward to following up with them to hear about their progress."
The VA Office of Inspector General conducted a review of the VA Maine Healthcare System the week of October 15, 2012. Two of the report's recommendations in Quality Management (QM) were repeat findings of the CAP review released August 3, 2011.
Of the seven activities reviewed through October 15, 2012, there were recommendations for improvement in QM, Environment of Care, and Coordination of Care -- Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC). Maine's VA leadership has concurred with all recommendations and has set target dates for implementation.