By Jeffrey Wasserman, Jeanne Ringel, Barbara Wynn, Jack Zwanziger, Karen Ricci

This publication is in keeping with the new laws (H.R. 4635), the U.S. Congress requested the DVA to behavior a research on even if VERA adquately meets the specified wishes of a few veterans. Rand was once requested to adopt this examine. The findings and proposals are documented during this record.

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These are the veterans who have been traditionally served by the VHA. Category A Veterans are further classified into Priority Groups 1 through 6 and 7a (see Eligibility Group description in Appendix D). All other Priority 7 Category C veterans do not have service-connected disabilities or financial need according to the “means” test. 7 This situation creates a problem, because the activities that VISNs undertake to increase workload (opening CBOCs and marketing campaigns) attract all types of veterans, not just Category A veterans.

Together, these factors were cited as making it increasingly more difficult to preserve protected time for education. These pressures are similar to those being felt by non-VA teaching physicians. We determined during the interviews that it will be difficult to establish whether teaching time has been reduced under VERA. The costs that are reported in the accounting system are based on the amounts allocated to educational activities rather than the actual costs for those activities. For example, 20 percent of a teaching physician’s compensation may be supported by the education funds and would be reported as an educational cost, but because of patient care demands, the physician may not be able to set aside this amount of time for teaching.

For the purposes of the Basic Care workload calculation, eligible veterans are defined as Category A veterans—those with service-connected disabilities and/or financial need as determined by the VHA “means” test. These are the veterans who have been traditionally served by the VHA. Category A Veterans are further classified into Priority Groups 1 through 6 and 7a (see Eligibility Group description in Appendix D). All other Priority 7 Category C veterans do not have service-connected disabilities or financial need according to the “means” test.

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