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Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General
Michael J. Missal, Inspector General

Report Summary

Title: Community Based Outpatient Clinic Reviews Framingham, New Bedford, and Springfield, MA; Elmira, NY
Report Number: 11-03655-109 Download
Issue Date: 3/12/2012
City/State: Elmira, NY
Framingham, MA
New Bedford, MA
Springfield, MA
VA Office: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Report Author: Office of Healthcare Inspections
Report Type: CBOC Reports
Release Type: Unrestricted

The VA Office of Inspector General reviewed four Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) during the week of October 17, 2011. CBOCs were reviewed in Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 at Framingham, New Bedford, and Springfield, MA; and in VISN 2 at Elmira NY. The purpose of the review was to assess whether CBOCs are operated in a manner that provides veterans with consistent, safe, high-quality health care. The review covered the following focused topic areas: management of diabetes mellitus-lower limb peripheral vascular disease, short-term fee basis care, women’s health, credentialing and privileging, environment and emergency management, heart failure follow-up, and CBOC contracts. OIG noted opportunities for improvement and made a total of 16 recommendations to the VISN and facility managers.