Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Report Problems of Wounded Warriors

Defense Health Board
Review of Problems for Wounded Warriors


The purpose of our group is to identify any critical shortcomings and opportunities to improve rehabilitative care, adminstrative processes, and quality of life for patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Naval Medical Center, and other centers where large volumes of casualties are engaged in rehabilitative care, disability review and patient processing takes place.

Our review will include, but is not limited to:

  • Policies and procedures for routine evaluation and maintenance of facilities where injured and sick members are housed
  • Accountability and empowerment of personnel responsible for correcting deficiencies in upkeep of facilities
  • Appointment and scheduling processes for rehabilitative care, including performance standards
  • Case management policies and procedures for injured and sick members
  • Process and accountabilities for determining when a Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) are initiated
  • Military Treatment Facility (MTF) administrative processes and performance standards for creating and processing an MEB report prior to submission for review by the PEB
  • Physical Evaluation Board standards and procedures
  • Provision of support and educational materials for family members of injured and sick members (e.g. financial assistance, social services, counseling, housing)

We are working as a subcommittee of the Department of Defense Health Board and will report our findings through the board to the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy by the 16th of April.

If you are a patient or former patient at a Military Treatment Facility, a family member or friend of a patient, we'd like to hear from you. Let us know of any areas you feel need to be improved, or and practices you feel are good enough to be emulated at all military treatment facilities or during the Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board process.

http://www.ha.osd.mil/dhb/irg/comments.cfm

Click on the link above to report and problems or concerns. You have the option of filling out the questionaire anonymously.

With all of the problems that have come to public light, this is a forum for those who need to report problems they have experienced.

10 comments:

chrys said...

And this all is nothing new! Example: In 1977 my son was born at Walter Reed. There were eight women to the room who had just had babies and one bathroom. In 1990 - in order to have a breast exam - you were required to drive 20-30 miles JUST to make the appointment! This did not include the exam - just to make the appointment. With Clinton's changes to allow all veterans to have medical care - people lost track of the fact that this medical care offer came with strings attached. In order to qualify - you had to be basically destitute - medical care a destitute person would have already qualified for. They actually had a form they wanted you to sign for their sub standard care - even as a retired veteran?!?! I sneaky way to devalue any medical coverage that has already been devalued. This entire medical system is a lie unless you retired in the early 80's maybe. A lot of people gave up having a permanent home, family connections and other life time securities to serve their country through to retirement with the understanding they would never have to worry about their medical care!! Maybe, just maybe, IF you live near a base - this can be true if you are able to wait for it. Mentioned this in conjuction with an earlier post. (near the bottom of the post). This organization seems to be badly needed at best.

Sarge Charlie said...

There is a difference of opinion here, I have excellent health care, I was in the West Palm Beach VAMC today the service was prompt, professional, and they have a very modern hospital. Maybe I am just lucky because of where I live, If I am not in WPB, I use tri-care for life with no problems. I was a patient in Walter Reed in 1974, lets face it, it is old and needs to be replaced.

OSONSFORLIBERTY said...

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OSONSFORLIBERTY said...

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OSONSFORLIBERTY said...

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OSONSFORLIBERTY said...

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OSONSFORLIBERTY said...

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Flag Gazer said...

I know that their are as many opinions to this as there are people who are served.

I have had problems with Walter Reed for years over mail - even that addressed to a specific soldier is returned. They finally officially stated a few months ago that they don't accept mail. This may be no big deal to me, but I'm sure it is a big deal for those lying in bed.

osonsforliberty - comments have been hinky lately - not to worry...
thanks for the visit - hope you come back!

chrys said...

It all depends on when and where you are especially if you have retired! One old lady I used to work with and whose children I grew up with can't brag enough about the level of care she gets. Husband retired from the Navy 20 years ago.

Hopefully they will make sure that CURRENT and severely injured military members receive the very best care and maybe they should consider spreading people into the normal population's medical care more often since one of the complaints was that there were so many people in the system.

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