Quality of Care
Why Choose VA Health Care?
VA is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system with 151 medical centers and nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide care to more than 8.3 million Veterans each year.
VA often outperforms private health care providers in a number of important areas. Health care performance can be measured using the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) scores. HEDIS scores allow consumers to compare health plan performance based on standard measurements.
You can compare average VA medical center performance to non-VA hospital performance in the areas listed below:
- Aspirin Use and Discussion – Aspirin Use
- Cardiovascular Care – Controlling High Cholesterol
- Cardiovascular Care – Measuring Cholesterol Levels
- Controlling High Blood Pressure
- Diabetes Care – Controlling High Blood Pressure
- Diabetes Care – Controlling High Cholesterol
- Diabetes Care – Eye Exams
- Diabetes Care – Measuring Blood Sugar Levels
- Diabetes Care – Measuring Cholesterol Levels
- Diabetes Care – Poor Blood Sugar Control
- Diabetes Care – Treatment for Kidney Disease
- Prevention – Breast Cancer Screening
- Prevention – Cervical Cancer Screening
- Prevention – Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Quitting Smoking – Advising Smokers to Quit
- Quitting Smoking – Discussing Medications
- Quitting Smoking – Discussing Strategies
- Use of Beta-Blocker Medication After a Heart Attack