Report Summary

Title: Community Based Outpatient Clinic and Primary Care Clinic Reviews at Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Report Number: 14-00227-131
Issue Date: 4/28/2014
City/State: Birmingham, AL
Huntsville, AL
Madison, AL
Oxford, AL
Gadsden, AL
Sheffield, AL
Bessemer, AL
Guntersville, AL
Jasper, AL
Childersburg, AL
VA Office: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Report Author: Office of Healthcare Inspections
Report Type: CBOC Reports
Release Type: Unrestricted
Summary: The VA Office of Inspector General reviewed the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and primary care clinics (PCCs) of the Birmingham VA Medical Center. The purpose of the review was to determine whether the CBOCs and PCCs provide safe, consistent, and high-quality health care for our veterans. The review covered the clinical care components of alcohol use disorder and medication management and evaluated if processes were in place for designated women’s health providers to maintain proficiency in women’s health. We also randomly selected the Gadsden, AL, and Jasper, AL, CBOCs for site visits during the weeks of January 27 and February 23, 2014, to evaluate the environments of care. OIG noted opportunities for improvement and made six recommendations in the following reviews: Alcohol Use Disorder and Medication Management.