for Health Care Providers
Provider Feedback Forum on HCV Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care
Dear VA Providers:
I am pleased to share with you the summary report from our February 28, 2008 forum on "HCV Diagnosis, Treatment and Care." While this report is not a transcript of our meeting, I think you will find that it captures the major issues and themes that were raised during our discussion. In addition to sharing it with those of you who were able to attend the forum, I am also sharing it with providers who wanted to attend the forum but were not able to do so because of space limitations.
As is apparent after reading the report, there are a number of challenges facing us as we strive to deliver the highest quality of HCV care to America's veterans. Some of these challenges can be addressed through the implementation of improved and expanded policies and practices, while others will require longer term and, perhaps, more complex solutions. Difficult though these challenges may be, hearing directly from you about your needs and issues provides me, Dr. Ross and other senior staff in the Public Health Strategic Health Care Group (PHSHG) with important feedback about areas requiring increased attention. Also, it's important to remember that the meeting brought to light a number of "best practices" related to HCV care--practices that can help to inform other parts of the VA system.
In closing, on behalf of all of PHSHG, I thank you for your input and your continued efforts to provide the highest quality health care to our veteran patients. Please feel free to share this report with others who might find it informative. Eventually it will be posted on our PHSHG websites.
Ronald O. Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Consultant, PHSHG
CC: Dr. Lawrence Deyton, Chief Officer OPHEH
Dr. David Ross, Director, Clinical Public Health Programs