A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, including Bainbridge Township Republican Dave Joyce, have introduced a bill they say requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to “streamline how it displays information that it is already required by law to disclose.”
The congressmen said they introduced the bill in response to a 2017 Government Accountability Office report that found that the VA was failing to disclose wait time, patient safety, and quality of care information in an accessible and usable manner.
“(While) VA’s primary Access and Quality webpage provides generally accessible and understandable information on the quality of VA health care, the breadth of information it provides is too limited for veterans to make informed choice about their care,” the GAO report states.
The report further states the VA intends the website to be veterans’ primary source of of information on the quality of care at VA medical centers, “but the 15 measures reported on the webpage represent only a small subset of the 110 measures and only a few of the measure categories VA makes available elsewhere on its website.”