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Disabled American Veterans

Department of Florida

Newsletter
By Al Linden
Executive Director
July 31, 2016



As of July 28, 2016 our membership was 60,982.
Needed to make goal are 1795 life members.







STATE COMMANDER JOHNSON MESSAGE

IT’S A NEW YEAR, AND ALL CHAPTERS HAVE NEW MEMBERSHIP QUOTAS. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO SELECT A MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON AND COMMITTEE AND START WORKING NOW. TRY TO BE THE 1ST CHAPTER TO MEET YOUR QUOTA, NOT THE LAST. CALL YOUR PROPERTY TAX OFFICE AND GET A LIST OF ALL DISABLED VETERANS IN YOUR AREA WHO ARE RECEIVING A PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT BECAUSE OF A SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY. THIS IS PUBLIC INFORMATION AND THEY WILL GIVE IT TO YOU. DIVIDE THE NUMBER OF NAMES BY 12, AND THAT IS HOW MANY LETTERS YOU NEED TO MAIL EACH MONTH OR DO A WEEKLY MAILING BY DIVIDING THE LIST BY 52. CALL ME AND I WILL EMAIL THE LETTER TO YOU.

I JUST RETURNED FROM THE COMMANDERS AND ADJUTANTS MEETING AT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, AND HAD A GREAT TIME, AND RECEIVED A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION THAT WE’LL BE SHARING WITH ALL CHAPTERS.

I WILL BE TRAVELING TO ATLANTA FOR THE NATIONAL CONVENTION AND HOPE TO SEE A LOT OF DELAGATES FROM FLORIDA. WE HAVE OUR CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL JR VICE COMMANDER, ANDY MARSHALL, AND COULD USE YOUR HELP SPREADING THE WORD AT THE CONVENTION.

I REMIND ALL CHAPTERS THAT OUR MISSION IS “BETTERING THE LIVES OF THE AMERICAN VETERAN AND THERE FAMILY.” CHAPTER SERVICE OFFICERS NEED TO BE VISIBLE IN THE AREA. PUT A NOTICE IN YOUR NEWSPAPER, THAT THEY ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST VETERANS WITH THEIR BENEFITS.

JACK JOHNSON, COMMANDER, 352-250-4743 OR DAV150JACK@GMAIL.COM






National Convention News

Andy Marshall was elected 4th JVC of National and Diane Franz was elected National 2nd JVC of the National Auxiliary.
Richard Tolfa was elected National Treasurer of National DAV.






Also be reminded that Chapter Annual Financial Reports are due by September 30 each year.
Chapter Officers Reports are due within 10 days after installation each year or when changes are made. ALL chapters make $50,000 and less and do not file any other IRS form must file a N990 by November 15 each year. Last year 4 chapters failed to due so and their tax exempt was removed and it cost them over $400 to get it reinstated.






Service School and Midwinter Conference

The Service School and Midwinter Conference will be held January 16 - 22, 2017 at the Lake Mary Marriott.







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BALANCE SHEET
As Of July 31, 2016

TOTAL ASSETS $1,300,087
TOTAL LIABILITIES $110,305


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TOTAL LIABILITIES and FUND BALANCES $1,300,087
FUND BALANCES
Bay Pines VAVS $2304
Gainesville VAVS $1000
Tampa VAVS $1950
Lake City VAVS $2225
WPB VAVS $1000
Miami VAVS $2200
Orlando VAVS $7550
Eglin CBOC $0














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Federal Times: Rand study finds VA care equal or better than private sector


Carten Cordell, Federal Times 2:08 p.m. EDT July 19, 2016

A new report from the Rand Corporation said that VA health care was often better than or equal to the care offered in the private sector, especially when it came to outpatient procedures.

A new study from the Rand Corporation examining the Department of Veterans’ Affairs health care system has found that the health care provided by the agency is equal to or better than its private sector counterparts. The study focused on the VA’s supply and demand capacity in the wake of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which provides veterans the opportunity to seek health care through private providers.
Related: Read the report

In examining the VA’s performance in health care procedures versus its private sector counterparts, the report found that “in a tally of 83 different measures covering a variety of types of care, including safety and effectiveness of treatment, the quality of VA health care exceeded that of non-VA care.” VA did best in outpatient procedures, with the report noting that the agency outperformed the private sector on 45 of those measures, with both providers scoring equally on two of the measures. The field was more mixed when it came to inpatient procedures.

VA was equal to the private sector when it came to 17 measures, but scored worse on 11 measures. The agency was only better than the private sector on eight inpatient measures recorded. The report added that there was a wide variation in the level of care across VA facilities. But while VA facilities can provide quality care to veterans, its ability to meet the level of demand over time may be another question entirely. The report predicted that veteran populations would decline 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, but the health care of those veterans would continue to become more complex and, in turn, more demanding.

VA health care needs are projected to grow through 2019 before leveling off 2020, but the range of those needs could put resource strains on the system, the report found. “In particular, demand for specific types of care — including pain medicine, neurology, dermatology and many others — is expected to grow,” the report said. “Overall, the near-term increase in demand for care may outpace VA’s capacity to provide timely care to all veterans.” One way to meet that demand is by using more of the purchased care options made available by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.

But the report also noted that while VA’s use of purchased care is growing, it’s often acquired through complex means and without a clear strategy for its use. “Our analysis identified a number of inconsistencies in how purchased care was administered, how referrals were made and how claims and payments to providers were handled. It also uncovered inconsistent procedures for purchased care decisions at the local level.” The report offered a number of recommendations, including more strategic use and oversight of how purchased care is procured and administered in the VA system. Purchased care could also be of benefit after 2019, when the veteran population is set to decline, to provide coverage without having to overextend VA resources. VA health care could also be improved with more veteran data, the report said, recommending that the 2020 Census include questions about veteran status that were not in the 2010 Census.

Overall, the report calls for more systematic improvement standards to reduce the variations in the quality of VA health care, while also providing more clear goals for purchased care to compliment the agency. A copy of the report can be found on the Rand website

(End as given in the Newsletter, from Chapter 70's webmaster: http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/management/agency/2016/07/18/rand-study-finds-va-care-equal-better-than-private-sector/87260336/)
A copy of the assessment can be found HERE


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Florida Membersip
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ibid: G - met or surpassed goal






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Florida Legislation
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VA Named "Most Wired" Hospital System


Hospitals are breaking-out of their traditional four walls and providing care where and when patients need it,” said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA. “These Most Wired hospitals exemplify this transformation by harnessing technology, engaging patients and offering services remotely.”

As a Most Wired health care system, VA offers more than seven apps in mobile marketplaces to help Veterans address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), connect with health care providers, and leverage technologies to track and manage their health. VA is using technology to build patient engagement with that Veteran’s lifestyle in mind, which includes online access to their health care teams via Secure Messaging available on its personal health record. Also critical is to ensure that patients get the right care; Most Wired hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems. For VA, advanced analytics to support population health has been a central focus of VA for nearly a decade. VA’s Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW) serves as a repository for patient-level data aggregated across the VA national health delivery system. Clinical summaries and reports created using CDW are an indispensable part of how VA delivers care.

Receiving the Most Wired designation acknowledges VA’s continued commitment to using information technology innovation to improve the health outcomes for our Veteran patients,” said VHA Under Secretary for Health, David J. Shulkin, M.D. “We are pleased to have been selected a ‘Most Wired’ hospital system by our industry peers. This recognition affirms our leadership in the use of health technology that improves quality and coordinated care.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2016 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 680 participants, representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN.
For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.






Secretary Takes Action to Ensure Project ARCH Veterans Continue to Receive Care Closer to Home - As the Project ARCH pilot program comes to an end next month, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald today announced that Veterans enrolled in the program will be able to continue receiving care closer to home. Taking advantage of options available under the Veterans Choice Program, such as the “unusual or excessive burden provision” and Provider Agreements, Veterans receiving care under Project ARCH will continue care without interruption when the pilot program ends August 7. (7/21/16)

(End as given in the Newsletter, from Chapter 70's webmaster: Nice to know but FYI only five pilot sites have been established across the country. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) services was only offered in Northern Maine, Farmville, Va., Pratt, Kan., Flagstaff, Ariz., and Billings, Mont.
SOURCE: http://www.va.gov/health/arch/)
VA Press Release of July 21, 2016






VA Conducts Nation’s Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicide rates in the U.S., examining over 55 million Veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. The effort extends VA’s knowledge from the previous report issued in 2010, which examined three million Veteran records from 20 states were available. Based on the data from 2010, VA estimated the number of Veteran deaths by suicide averaged 22 per day. The current analysis indicates that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died from suicide. (7/7/16)

(End as given in the Newsletter, from Chapter 70's webmaster: VA Press Release of July 7, 2016

SOURCE: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2801






VA Schedules 2 Million Appointments Using Veterans Choice Program - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Choice Program has reached a key milestone in improving access to health care for Veterans. More than two million appointments have been scheduled through the program. (7/14/16)

(End as given in the Newsletter, from Chapter 70's webmaster: VA Press Release of July 14, 2016

SOURCE: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2802






VA Secretary Provides Relief for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015. (6/1/16)

(End as given in the Newsletter, from Chapter 70's webmaster: VA Press Release of July 14, 2016

SOURCE: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2795






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Glenn Sutphin, now the agency's interim head, will become the next permanent director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet made the hire at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting. Sutphin, himself a National Guardsman for over 30 years, was the only person interviewed for the position out of more than 300 applicants. He told Cabinet members he wants the state to focus on building more nursing homes for veterans and doing more outreach to let them know what benefits they're entitled to. More and more service members, when they retire, want to stay or come to Florida, Sutphin said. "I've spent my life helping people in uniform," he said.

"What we have to do is network so everyone is getting the right information ... I don't mean emails; I mean getting out there and looking them in the face." The vote for Sutphin was unanimous by Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

He had been chief of staff and legislative affairs director of the state's Department of Military Affairs since 1999, according to his bio. That department includes the Florida Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Sutphin was awarded more than "50 medals including the Legion of Merit and the Florida Cross, the highest award in Florida, for exceptional performance in outstanding service and achievement," the bio says. The department’s last head, Mike Prendergast, stepped down to run for Citrus County Sheriff as a Republican. He was Scott's first chief of staff.

(End as given in the Newsletter, from Chapter 70's webmaster: News Service of Florida of August 2, 2016

SOURCE: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article93316717.html






DV License Plate get free Parking at all Airports
The DV plate gets you free parking at all Florida Airports.


(End as given in the Newsletter, from Chapter 70's webmaster: News Service of Florida of February 24, 2016

SOURCE: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article62297827.html






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