Can The New Veterans Affairs Yelp App Fix The Agency Or Is It More Hot Air?

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Veterans Affairs Yelp App

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced they spent taxpayer dollars developing a Yelp app for veterans that should help fix VA.

On the one hand, this sounds like a good idea and is being sold as providing veterans the opportunity to review the quality of care they receive at various facilities. On the other hand, the app will apparently limit review to only the facility and not the service provider.

This is what I have been calling for forever. Not surprisingly, VA has persistently resisted micro level critiques of employees by veterans.

But this is about to change.

I plan to start a fundraising campaign to cover development of a new database tool that will allow veterans to review facilities, employees and the overall trend of salary increases against ratings.

Sound like a more comprehensive solution VA could create but will not?

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs asked VA about this today during the suicide prevention hearing. I guarantee any solution VA provides that combines transparancey with data on VA employees will not cover the bases needed because of the AFGE union and its strangle hold on VA poliicy.

While not cheap, this is a kind of solution needed to really shed a light into every corner of VA moving forward. And, it will allow veterans an opportunity to track VA executives regardless of where VA shuffles them to after a scandal.

All it will take is a little money, and a heck of a lot less than VA wastes each day in frivolous contracts and bogus bonuses.

Why doesn’t President Donald Trump just pay for it along with the White House super-phone he has yet to implement?

I could probably get it done well for less than $15,000, which is likely a whole lot less than what they will spend on the less comprehensive Yelp review app.

VA Comments On Yelp Review App Idea

According to Task & Purpose:

The VA is expected to roll out a more novel change in the next few weeks, according to multiple sources: a public-facing, searchable database that rates and ranks every VA medical center and outpatient facility, along with nearby private care facilities. “It’s a real effort to have VA compete with private sector providers,” Gillums said.

“I love this,” Chenelly of AMVETS said. “It’s like Yelp for VA facilities.”

The site will provide data about safety, wait times, and appointment availability at each center. The grading system is expected to work hand-in-glove with an automated, online appointment process that could make it easier for vets to access their care — and harder for VA workers to doctor their appointment books.

Augustine of DAV says the ratings site is part of Shulkin’s push for efficiency through transparency at VA: “He thinks that this will not only help veterans get their care, but it also helps employees understand where they’re falling short.”

Ready For Your Feedback

So if you had an opportunity to give feedback directly to VA, what would you ask them to include in their Yelp App? Would you want to review union employees and VA executives?

Or, do you believe federal employees should be reviewed only in secret?

I cannot help but wonder who VA is talking to about creating these fixes.

We here at DisabledVeterans.org tend to hear about these projects after they are released and well on their way to flopping.

Will this Yelp app be any different?

Source: http://taskandpurpose.com/trump-veterans-affairs-new-policies/

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cj
cj

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namnibor
namnibor

@cj — Maine Coon Mix rendering accepted and fully approved! Will also simultaneously alert all raccoons that the VA is still the primary target for occupation and bags of mayonnaise shredding. Great job!

Speaking of animals, my cat sensed I was having severe leg cramps in bed this very early hour in morning, just *as* the cramps were onslaught and evolving into incredibly painful cramps. He jumped up on bed and was diligently trying to wake me and I was thinking this is even way early for the cat to awake me, then as I realized what he was doing, trying to comfort me, as I immediately had to get out of bed and just stand and stretch until it passes…then at 03:20 my cat takes off running in turbo mode into other end of apartment and back, doing his very best to make me laugh…it worked. He’s also been working overtime since he’s well-aware I am going through some tough emotional family crap right now…animals rock.

So this goes to prove that if you’re very good to your pussy, all is in balance in your household and the universe. 🙂

cj
cj

@namnibor: Been working on this since you mentioned it. Wooo hooo………………….me likes!!!! It’s all yours nam.

cj
cj

It’s not perfect, but close enough for government work…………oh the irony!!!!

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, it does look like a maine coon cat. Namnibor says he is his service pet. They are extremely smart cats.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Hows you? It is supose to be a racoon. I tweaked to hind leg, but it won’t let me post it again. Maybe it is too big. Namnibor will have to use it wisely lol.

? ex va
? ex va

@cj, i thought it was his cat. ROFL!! Sorry, it does look more like a raccoon since you mentioned it. The face and eyes makes it look like a raccoon. How are you doing? I hope better. My knee is causing me problems, can hardly walk right now. Sucks and makes me angry. Oh well.

cj
cj

@Ex va: What did you do to your knee? Did you knee a VA employee in the knutz?

? ex va
? ex va

@cj, old injury. ROFL!!!! some that i knew would be more than deserving of one. ?
A ? in the ?house will have chicken dinner everytime. ??. i avoid the va at all times. Too much anxiety. are you going to do the march in may????

cj
cj

@Ex va: Yes to the march in may. He said it will be in different cities and DC at the same time. I need to find out more. I will have to go back and look at the links he provided. Are you thinking of going?

? ex va
? ex va

@cj, i would like to go and thinking i would have to get more physically able if i could. I feel like i need to do something about all of this. Talking helps need to stand up for this.

? ex va
? ex va

@cj, is it the website posted??? On this page?

cj
cj

@Ex va: I am looking for it now. It is not on the Doc story page that started this.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, they say they are going to be there in popular bluff.

cj
cj

@Ex va? Is that close to you?

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, maybe 4-6 hour drive. Not too bad i think.

cj
cj

@Ex va: 4 to 6 hours North?

Ex va
Ex va

@cj i would have to take interstate 57 North and then 64 east across to st. louis, then go south i think for popular bluff. there might be a shorter way i don’t know. i would have to map it out.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Okay, I see where it is. I thought if it was in IL, that would put you pretty close to where I am at.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, i am all wrong i was thinking it was up by St. Louis. Interstate 57 S into Missouri then looks like 60 to popular bluff.

cj
cj

@Ex va: It is closer to you than you thought.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, i am thinking about 3-4 hour trip. Yes, it is closer than i thought.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Remember we were talking about VPN’s? That is a virtual private network, it makes your os more secure. There is a free app in the app store called Open VPN, it is free and very easy to use. I use it on my iphone.

? ex va
? ex va

@cj, ok i will get it. I need as much security as i can get.

lily
lily

Just look up your local VA on yelp and report all the dirty stuff and give a low rating.

cj
cj

@lily: Lily, good to see you again.

lily
lily

Thanks, I Google “yelp VA” and found a lot of interesting inside stories from vets about poor care at their local VAMC.

cj
cj

@lily: Same here, some of those reviews are heartbreaking, left by family members who have lost their hubby or father or brother. There for everyone to see, and nothing is ever done. That is what has everone riled up, there is no accountablility, and so many wrongs that go unpunished. What else can we feel but stress? at not beinng able to strangle the people responsible.

cj
cj

@lily: I have seen the yelp reviews for where I go. Alot of veterans do not have a clue what is going on around them, and they think they are getting the best of care. Yelp reviews for that place have 2 very bad, and the rest are either clueless, or it’s union asswipes spaming the reviews. Noway of telling what is what.

lily
lily

The VA is too shady for me to go to. If a doctor puts the wrong notes in your file you have to write them to correct it unless you want to get the infamous reduction letter for your disability from the regional office. From what I can tell it’s best to be lay low and see a private doctor to cover your ass. I learned more about my health from Google than doctors.

cj
cj

@lily: Same here, private doctors, I only go to the VA so I don’t lose the benefit. They have the wrong info in my file. I have filed to have it corrected, and they refuse. So any care provided, is based off of false medical information. This is how veterans are killed by the VA.

lily
lily

It cost me $75 to see my private doctor who is 5 minutes away. The VA is 30 minutes away in a bad part of town. I get anxious even thinking about going to the VA. The VA wants me to do a physical. I almost faint when giving blood.

In basic training I was tortured when I gave blood, literally. I got sick and one of the nurses forced me to handle everyone’s blood viles.

cj
cj

@lily: Yes, the VA has that effect on people, their stress levels go into the stratusphere, me included. I am glad you have a doctor, and don’t have to put yourself through the BS known as the VA. Goodnight Lily, hope you sleep well.

Ex va
Ex va

@ lily what branch of military they made you do this?

lily
lily

The Army at ft sill reception. It was after getting for ed to carry that one foot needle they shoot in your ass.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

I remember that one foot needle does anyone know the purpose of that one

Ex va
Ex va

@lily, that is terrible. I hated those air gun shots.

lily
lily

I got service connected for being sexual assaulted by a military doctor. If I go to the VA and the doctor is rude or anything I might run out of the office.

Ex va
Ex va

@lily, i do not go to the va anymore. They cause me too much anxiety and i do not trust any of their doctors.

cj
cj

@Ex va: I copied all the info posted and I will check it all later tomorrow.

cj
cj

@Ex va,@lily: I have an appointment early tomorrow, so I have to say goodnight. Hope everyone sleeps well.
God Bless everyone, and:
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Ex va
Ex va

@cj, goodnight and God Bless you and yours. Sleep well.

Walt
Walt

Ben, why not set up a “gofundme” account to get this done, I would be honered to be the first to contribute.
Walt

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

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Neil Barrett
Neil Barrett

This has already been created. Check out VAreview.net. I (a veteran) created it, it cost a fraction of the cost, and completely solves all of the problems the VA Yelp will create.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

good set up NEIL I will be passing it along at my next appointment

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