Evaluating the Implementation of Patient Safety Practices to Ensure Timely, High-Quality Care for Veterans
There is a lack of information on the types and frequency of safety events that Veterans experience through community care, as well as the timeliness of care that Veterans receive. The passage of the 2018 VA MISSION Act—with a key goal being to increase access to community care for Veterans—makes it critical to evaluate the quality and safety of that care. The VA Office of Community Care (OCC) recently identified several important safety-related gaps associated with reporting, investigation, and improvement that occur when Veterans receive community care. To address these gaps, OCC, in partnership with VA’s National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS), developed a VA OCC Patient Safety Guidebook for sites to use to improve delivery of safe care. In brief, the Guidebook contains the specific processes for reporting, investigating, and improvement that should be implemented across the two settings of care – the VA healthcare system and community care settings.
Objectives and Methodology
The primary objective of this QUERI Partnered Evaluation Initiative is to evaluate the implementation of safety processes and provide useful and timely information to its partners on ways in which they can enhance uptake and spread of the implementation. Specific aims include:
Guidebook safety processes have been rolled-out nationally across all VISNs through a VA mandate. This roll-out will also impact all VA facilities. QUERI investigators will interview VA and community care staff at 18 facilities across VA (nine from those VISNs that were early implementers and nine from VISNs where implementation was delayed). This evaluation has the potential to integrate and improve the delivery of quality and safety of care to Veterans regardless of where they receive care, whether it be in VA or community care settings.
Corresponding Principal Investigator: Principal Investigator: Amy Rosen, PhD; Amy.Rosen2@va.gov .
Operations Partners: VA’s Office of Community Care and National Center of Patient Safety.