Back to Top Skip to main content

Government agencies join for inaugural disability quality assurance summit

The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration seals. The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration seals.

Recommended Content:

DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Recently, the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Warrior Care hosted its inaugural Disability Quality Assurance Summit, bringing together quality assurance leaders from DoD, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Benefits Administration and the Social Security Administration to discuss best practices and the benefits of interagency information sharing among large-scale governmental programs.

“This Quality Assurance Summit helps identify some of the common themes we’re all addressing,” said Bret Stevens, director of the disability evaluation system, DoD Office of Warrior Care. “Today’s conversation is meant to establish a long-term relationship to explore how quality assurance can improve our agencies’ support to the individuals we serve.”

During the Summit, participants highlighted shared customer populations across all three agencies and recommended using meeting takeaways to streamline quality assurance initiatives.

“If we make the process similar, from [military] service all the way through to Social Security, we can make the process so much better,” said John Capozzi, assistant director of quality assurance for compensation service, Veterans Benefits Administration. “If we’re all on that same page, with a unified reason for doing what we’re doing, I think it makes it a lot easier.”

The Disability Quality Assurance Summit continues DoD’s broader quality assurance efforts, which were initiated in 2013. To better ensure accuracy, consistency and timeliness of the Disability Evaluation System processes, the DoD Office of Warrior Care, which provides performance tracking and operational support for the Disability Evaluation System, initiated a Quality Assurance Program to standardize, assess and monitor processes across the military departments. With the Summit, the DoD Office of Warrior Care is proactively improving quality assurance initiatives by facilitating stronger collaboration between federal agencies.

As for the future of interagency collaboration, partners echoed an eagerness in adopting best practices into their own quality assurance programs and optimism about convening again.

“I would like to see us establish an annual Quality Summit where we can really have a day or two to deal with all the issues everyone is dealing with,” said Alan Gulley, program expert in the Division of Disability Quality for the Office of Quality Review, Social Security Administration. “It sounds like we’re going down that direction.”

Disclaimer: Re-published content may have been edited for length and clarity. Read original post.

The Disability Evaluation System Quality Assurance Program is a congressionally-mandated process directed by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Objectives of the Quality Assurance Program are to ensure accuracy and consistency in the determinations and decisions of Medical and Physical Evaluation Boards; monitor and sustain proper performance of the duties of Medical and Physical Evaluation Boards Liaison Officers; and determine other Quality Assurance Program objectives specified by the Secretary of Defense.

More information about the Disability Evaluation System Quality Assurance Program is found in the DoD Manual 1332.18, Volume 3.

You also may be interested in...

Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health 2017 Annual Report

Report
9/19/2017

The Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health (ITF) coordinates federal activities to improve access to mental health and substance use services and support for Veterans, Service members, and their families. This report summarizes progress on the ITF recommendations being addressed by the Departments since the 2016 Annual Report ...

Recommended Content:

DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Mental Health Care

FAAST symposium: Helping those who help warriors with limb loss

Article
8/10/2017
Marine Corps Sgt. Ivan Sears participates in a yoga class at Joint Base San Antonio. Topics like yoga and other therapeutic recreation programs for wounded warriors were covered during the Federal Advanced Amputation Skills Training or FAAST Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tomora Nance)

FAAST is a three-day training symposium to help those who help warriors dealing with limb loss

Recommended Content:

DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Warrior Care | Extremities Loss

With success comes ‘great momentum’ in hearing center’s future

Article
7/13/2017
Marine Staff Sgt. Charles Mitchell takes the annual audiogram test at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

DoD’s Hearing Center of Excellence works closely with other departments and organizations, including VA and NIH, to facilitate research focused on prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing issues

Recommended Content:

Hearing Loss | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Innovation

Partnership improves care, prosthetics for wounded warriors

Article
7/10/2017
Experts across the DoD and VA come together to collaborate on research and innovation through the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Anastasia McCarroll)

The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence brings DoD and VA together to conduct research aimed at saving extremities and improving care for patients with amputations

Recommended Content:

Research and Innovation | Extremities Loss | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Innovation

New medical practice restores function for trauma, cancer patients

Article
5/18/2017
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III (left), chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service, and Dr. Khang Thai, plastic surgeon, WBAMC, utilize a microscope during a microvascular transplant or "free flap" surgery as part of WBAMC's Reconstructive Microsurgery Program. Reconstructive microsurgery is a new practice to WBAMC and includes the autologous transfer of tissue, nerves and bone to trauma, cancer, or birth-related defected areas of patients, restoring function to the affected area. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

The launch of the Reconstructive Microsurgery Program is the latest in reconstructive surgery advances

Recommended Content:

Innovation | Technology | Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

DoD brain injury center opens more sites for military TBI care

Article
5/16/2017
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury Logo

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center recently added three new traumatic brain injury care network sites

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Mental Health Care

Pain, pain, go away: Improving care and safety when managing pain

Article
5/15/2017
Recently published opioid therapy clinical practice guideline focuses aims to improve quality of care and patient safety when treating acute and chronic pain (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Valerie Monroy).

DoD and VA have released updated recommendations for providers managing patients’ acute and chronic pain using opioid therapy.

Recommended Content:

TRICARE Pharmacy Program | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Patient Safety | Warrior Care

Military, civilian nurses learn, teach in unique DoD-VA collaboration

Article
5/9/2017
The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, located 40 miles north of Chicago, is a first-of-its-kind facility staffed with uniformed nurses from the Navy, and serves nearly 67,000 eligible beneficiaries. Navy Lt. Nathan Aranas (left) and Christine Barassi-Jackson (right) work side-by-side at the center. Aranas is an active duty Navy registered nurse and Barassi-Jackson works as a registered nurse with the Veteran’s Affairs. (Courtesy photo)

Military nurses get the chance to learn and teach in a unique collaboration in North Chicago

Recommended Content:

DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Secretary Shulkin talks with Providers about Prosthetics

Photo
4/28/2017
David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Secretary Shulkin tours Walter Reed

Photo
4/28/2017
David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Secretary Shulkin visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Photo
4/28/2017
David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Secretary Shulkin meets service dogs Walter Reed

Photo
4/28/2017
David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

David J. Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, April 27. Shulkin, who visited the medical center for the first time, spoke with various providers throughout the facilities to learn about the medical care given at the hospital.

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health

Report
11/17/2016

This report provides an update on interdepartmental actions during 2015 and 2016 to fulfill the ITF recommendations, and outline continuing efforts to further improve mental health treatment and programs for Veterans, Service members, and their families.

Recommended Content:

Mental Health Care | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives

Warrior Care VA visit

Photo
11/2/2016
Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary for policy and planning for the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed the audience during a panel discussion on international and interagency relationships at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 27, 2016. (MHS photo)

Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary for policy and planning for the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed the audience during a panel discussion on international and interagency relationships at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 27, 2016. (MHS photo)

Recommended Content:

DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Warrior Care

DoD Instruction 6040.46: The Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPE) for the DoD Separation Health Assessment (SHA) Program

Policy

This issuance establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for completion of a SHPE as the principal component of the DoD-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) SHA Program in compliance with Section 1145(a) of Title 10, U.S.C. and the 2013-2015 Joint Executive Committee Joint Strategic Plan.

<< < 1 2 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 2

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing: Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.