A study from Northwestern University compared patient experience, behavioral health measures and overall outcomes between VA and non-VA hospitals. Utilizing hospital-level data, researchers determined that VA hospitals outperform non-VA hospitals on most quality measures. They reported their findings in the medical publication JAMA Internal Medicine

Researchers gathered data through Medicare and Medicaid’s website, comparing 129 VA hospitals with 4,010 non-VA hospitals. They found VA hospitals had better outcomes than non-VA hospitals on six of nine patient safety indicators, with no significant differences for the other three indicators. VA hospitals also had better mortality and re-admission rates than non-VA hospitals.

These findings are a testament to the VA quality of care. With intense focus on quality improvement and care coordination over the past 30 years, we take pride in delivering the best care possible to our Veterans. And we couldn’t do it without our VA employees. Their commitment to excellence in serving our Veterans is outstanding and deeply appreciated.

Consider coming on board to a community of passionate and dedicated professionals that ensure our Veterans receive the high-quality health care they deserve. Learn more about a career with VA.


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Published on May. 2, 2017

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  1. Pat Dwyer May 12, 2017 at 10:59 am

    As a V.A. healthcare patient since 2009, including chemotherapy (Agent Orange) since 2011, with over 300 appointments in 8 years in the NorCal/ Bay Area V.A. system, and as a former Kaiser patient for many years before 2009, I have no problem saying that the V.A. system and its staff are at least as good as the HMO and actually better in most areas, not only in technical proficiency but most of all because of their attitude. As a ‘frequent flyer,’ I have high praise for a system that has gotten even better, thanks to General Shinseki, Bob McDonald and now David Shulkin. Keep improving the V.A. where you can but do NOT privatize it: it’s called the “Veterans” system for good reason!! Thank you, from a grateful Vietnam Veteran.

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