VA Health Care: Additional Data Needed to Inform the COVID-19 Response in Community Living Centers, Report to Congressional Addressees [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Document: "Thousands of veterans rely on nursing home care provided or paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help them meet their skilled nursing and personal care needs. Many of these veterans--around 9,000 per day in fiscal year 2019--receive this care in one of 134 community living centers (CLC). In contrast to the other nursing home settings in which veterans may receive nursing home care, CLCs are owned and operated by VA and are associated with, and may be located in, on the campuses of, or near, VA medical centers (VAMC). CLCs provide nursing home care that includes short-term rehabilitation, respite care, hospice care, long-term skilled nursing, mental health recovery, dementia care, and care for spinal cord injuries and disorders to veterans in this setting. VA's management of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for CLCs is of critical importance. COVID-19 is a new and highly contagious respiratory disease causing severe illness and death, particularly among the elderly. [...] In August 2020, we began work reviewing VA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in CLCs under the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act provision that GAO [U.S. Government Accountability Office] monitor the federal response to the pandemic. In this report, we examine the extent to which VA has data on COVID-19 cases and deaths among CLC residents and staff. Future GAO work will address more broadly selected CLCs' experiences responding to the pandemic and VA's oversight of this response."
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