Curious Nomination To Head Veterans Health Administration

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Head Veterans Health Administration

Benjamin KrauseScholar, entrepreneurial and internal medicine doctor David J. Shulkin was nominated to lead Veterans Health Administration last month. This nomination was overshadowed by negative press of the administration and saw little publicity.

If affirmed, Shulkin will serve as the next leader of Veterans Health Administration as the agency’s under secretary of health. He would replace interim under secretary Carolyn Clancy. Clancy was appointed following the sudden resignation of Robert Petzel following confirmation of the wait list death scandal initially uncovered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Most interesting, Shulkin founded a company website, DoctorQuality.com, that allowed users to check in on physicians’ backgrounds. He also served as head of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Medical College of Pennsylvania.

The focus of Shulkin’s work tends to be on practitioner accountability:

Shulkin’s work has frequently involved looking at managed and accountable care, in which patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. In 2008, for example, he studied why patients who are admitted at night are more likely to die than patients admitted during the day. Also in 2008 he edited the book Questions Patients Need to Ask: Getting the Best Healthcare.

Since July 2010, Shulkin has been president of the Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center, which is part of Atlantic Health System. One of his innovations there was to champion 24-hour visiting hours for its healing effect on patients.

Shulkin is heavily involved with Atlantic Health System, as he is president not just of Morristown Medical Center, but of Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, as well as Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization and Atlantic Health organization Primary Care Partners, and he is principal shareholder in Practice Associates.

What do you think of this new selection? I for one support any leader with a track record of encouraging accountability. Here, Dr. Shulkin has a proven track record as an entrepreneur creating solutions to encourage increased accountability.

Senate confirmation hearings are apparently forthcoming.

SOURCE: http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/undersecretary-for-health-department-of-veterans-affairs-who-is-david-shulkin-150330?news=856092

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DO YOU KNOW TEN STEPS AHEAD
DO YOU KNOW TEN STEPS AHEAD
Gee, wouldn’t it be better to heal the patients before a chronic illness or the terminally ill? Better yet? “TRAIN YOUR STAFF TO LEARN HOW TO READ, COMPREHEND, AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS. CLANCY DID JACK SHIT EXCEPT SAY WE ARE SORRY FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE.” I BET YOU ARE, BECAUSE I DO HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE ONE THING I CAN SAY, “VA YOUR GOOSE IS COOKED AND REALLY ON DAMN FIRE!” ( please do not even attempt to discredit my name, because as stated you never know who will step forward, as in plural, so… Read more »
Devildoc68
Devildoc68

You need help

Gary M Bradshaw jr

The red Queen theory

namnibor

Well, at “VA Land” they are indeed all Mad as a Hatter and some even blatantly wear a Cheshire Cat Grin right to your face. Maybe that’s why Secretary McDonald seems so hell-bent on the “Disney-fication of the VA”…so many characters simply fit. However, only we Veterans would be again mere spectators to their circle-*erk!

GIVEITYOURBESTSHOT
GIVEITYOURBESTSHOT

Why do more heart attacks happen on a Monday morning? Oh, and not everyone has symptoms! Why do they hire unprofessional staff who automatically think the patient is a “liar” when they tell these idiots the laws of the land? Yeah, WTF EVER. I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT, I KNOW THE RULES AND THE PROTOCOLS. READY TO DANCE TO MY MUSIC? LET’S PLAY LIKE THE VA DOES! 🙂

namnibor
Well, it’s more of a ‘wait and see game’, right? His curriculum vitae may look stunning, but will he want to “Play Disney” with Secretary McDonald? Sounds/reads like he is actually MUCH MORE qualified specifically for the task with his medical background than the minions before him and by the pictures, he ties a bad tie…so that tells me he is more of a ‘real person’ than anything else. Does he actually know the quagmire he is stepping foot into? The VA and ‘Accountability’ go together like the positive and negative battery posts in one’s car does…and I think we… Read more »
Devildoc68
Devildoc68

Sounds like a good choice and it wouldn’t take much to be better than McDonald who needs to go already. Will have to give it a shot and see what he can accomplish.

figure8fan
I also think it will be a “let’s wait and see” type of thing. I am not sure how he will do but the person he is replacing was not that good at doing the job. If he does follow the status quo, then nothing will change but the name. He does have some background in the HealthCare field and I do not know what Clancy had in this field. I like many others have e-mailed Clancy and got the generic response in which anyone could see that nothing was looked into and she responded with the latest entries in… Read more »
Lee Horowitz
Lee Horowitz
Ben I believe this maybe a political appointment and not a good one. You are aware his website that rates doctors also rates many VA doctors and who knows if he has in fact given those doctors good ratings him self or via his internet company since he runs the website. In addition you are aware Ben that the Philadelphia VAMC under investigation for years by OIG and OIG doing nothing is tied into the University of Pennsylvania . The Phialdlephia VAMC has many University of Pennsylvania ties which you should investigate One is the Chief of Behavioral Services at… Read more »
CorpsmanuP! (@Tang1967)
Lee, They can request CAPRI access with the approval of the Director of Health Information Governance, but VHA National Data Systems Health Information Access Office tracks and manages this function. OIG has only Fugitive Felon , OIG audit Healthcare Inspection access, but they require a signed Special user access request. Other users can be restricted at your request. See VHA Handbook 1605.1. I am currently in the process of submitting a complaint to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, due to the Unconstitutional PRF system that discriminates against veterans and Disruptive Behavioral Committes being formed… Read more »
Lee Horowitz
Lee Horowitz

CorpsmanuP (@Tang1967)

Contact me and our group – very important We are working on same things.

Lee Horowitz M.Ed, CAGS
US Navy- Disabled Vietnam Veteran
Vetrans advocate/civil rights advocate
lshorowitz@yahoo.com

Danny Toliver
Danny Toliver
Good Evening my fellow Veterans, My name is Danny Toliver, I am a 100% Disabled-Veteran Marine. I have been following Ben’s blog for approx. 4 years now and his blog is very informative. I am deeply sadden that many of my fellow Veterans including my a father a Veteran whom have paved the way for many of us to become Veterans and we have the Department of Veterans Affairs treating us like “Shit”…. As Veterans we continued to be disrespected will allowing the United States of America to remain a “Free World”. Many countries force their young men into serving… Read more »
Dan F
Dan F
Well, I decided to comment on Ben’s question; “What do you think of this new selection?” I live in Northeast Pennsylvania, but use Atlantic Healthcare in NJ for my non-VA care (I have switched most of my care to private doctors). Morristown Hospital has always been a premier care facility and the doctors associated with the Hospital have all been top notch practitioners. I can go to any doctor that is associated with Atlantic Healthcare and immediately they have all my information, including MRI, CT and X-rays they can see and read immediately. One other thing, I have never felt… Read more »
A Concerned RN Veteran
A Concerned RN Veteran
I was an RN at Morristown Hospital from 1996 – 1999 and almost 20 years later can say it was the finest hospital I have ever worked at. I spent 11 years in private sector healthcare before going to the VA out of a sense of obligation to “give back” as I am a combat veteran myself. That being said, I give Dr. Sulking at best only a 10% chance of making meaningful changes for the following reason: The VA Healthcare System’s main problem is not it’s “Playbook” – it’s the systemic and endemic CORRUPTION of the management, right down… Read more »
ronald childers
ronald childers

you are right.. these people do not have a job, they have a position. they have a sinecure and they are nested into it forever. rather like ticks and ingrown toenails ..radical measures are needed to remove them

Melvin

PubMed lists 66 journal articles that have been published by Dr. Shulkin some of which do raise some red flags such as one titled “The Ethics Reform Act’s Strain on academic medicine and the VA”.

The remainder of the articles, written by Dr. Shulkin, seem to support managed care and limiting Doctors choices in not only what to prescribe but also setting limits of care to provide patients.

Dr. Shulkin is not some one you would choose if you are concerned about the proper care and treatment of patients at the VA.

Bruce Wallace
Bruce Wallace

Like “transparency”, “accountability depends on how it is applied to make it real or an illusion.

MSgt Foster
Dr Carolyn Clancy, General Hickey and Secretary Bob McDonald have just recently helped me get a referral to CRC ORLANDO DR GALLAGHER because I have been suffering terribly with a very large mass in my rectum and colon. The ERIE VAMC has been treating it as hemmeroids.for 13 yrs. The ERIE VAMC did a Colonoscopy Jan 16th Dr Durmis who took three biopsies. The PITTSBURGH VAMC did the labs on the biopsies with unclear results. It was totally unprofessional. The BUFFALO VAMC saw me on Feb 23 and wanted to do another Colonoscopy and cut out my colon and rectum.… Read more »
Reuben Castro Acosta

VA DEATHCARE WITH DEATH PANELS TO KILL VETS FOR THE BONOUS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Reuben Castro Acosta

VA DEATHCARE IS FEDERAL RICO CRIME RACKET TO KILL VETS FOR THE BONOUS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Reuben Castro Acosta

VA DEATHCARE IS A FEDERAL RICO CRIME RACKET TO KILL VETS FOR THE BONOUS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Ron Brown
Ron Brown
i spoke to Secretary McDonald about this decision the other week. He is the one who recommended this medical professional. Dr. Clancy will still play in a major role in the upper portion of the VA. Dr. Clancy and Secretary McDonald both have been doing a great job trying to right the wrongs with the VA. They have both worked directly with me on the issues I have brought forward to them on Desert Storm veterans. We should have the report from the brain cancer task force this spring and find out if brain cancer will be made presumptive for… Read more »
phil bailey
phil bailey

What’s the catch of this Disney Land Episode? Stay tuned to this Bat Channel!

Looks like some new cheer leaders now. Go Team Go!

Danny Toliver
Danny Toliver
Good Evening my fellow Veterans, My name is Danny Toliver, I am a 100% Disabled-Veteran Marine. I have been following Ben’s blog for approx. 4 years now and his blog is very informative. I am deeply sadden that many of my fellow Veterans including my a father a Veteran whom have paved the way for many of us to become Veterans and we have the Department of Veterans Affairs treating us like “Shit”…. As Veterans we continued to be disrespected will allowing the United States of America to remain a “Free World”. Many countries force their young men into serving… Read more »
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