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Comprehensive Healthcare Inspection of the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno

Report Information

Issue Date
Report Number
22-00230-190
VISN
1
State
California
Nevada
District
Continental
VA Office
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Report Author
Office of Healthcare Inspections
Report Type
Comprehensive Healthcare Inspection Program
Major Management Challenges
Benefits for Veterans
Recommendations
6
Questioned Costs
$0
Better Use of Funds
$0
Congressionally Mandated
No

Summary

Summary

This Office of Inspector General (OIG) Comprehensive Healthcare Inspection Program report describes the results of a focused evaluation of the inpatient and outpatient care provided at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, which includes the Ioannis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center and multiple outpatient clinics in California and Nevada. This evaluation focused on five key operational areas:

•    Leadership and organizational risks

•    Quality, safety, and value

•    Medical staff privileging

•    Environment of care

•    Mental health (emergency department and urgent care center suicide prevention initiatives)

The OIG issued six recommendations for improvement in three areas:

1.    Quality, Safety, and Value

•    Peer review aspects of care

•    Peer Review Committee improvement actions

2.    Environment of Care

•    Panic alarm testing documentation

•    Patient safety cameras

•    Minimizing risk of self-harm

3.    Mental Health

•    Patient follow-up

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No. 1
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to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Chief of Staff evaluates and determines any additional reasons for noncompliance and ensures peer reviewers consistently document at least one of the nine aspects of care for Level 3 peer reviews.

No. 2
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to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Chief of Staff evaluates reasons for noncompliance and ensures the Peer Review Committee recommends improvement actions for all final Level 3 peer reviews.

No. 3
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to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Director determines the reasons for noncompliance and ensures police document their response times to panic alarm testing in the mental health inpatient unit.

No. 4
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to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Chief of Staff or Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive evaluates and determines any additional reasons for noncompliance and ensures cameras used for patient safety monitoring do not record.

No. 5
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to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Chief of Staff and Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive evaluate and determine any additional reasons for noncompliance and ensure staff minimize risks of patients’ self-harm in the mental health inpatient unit.

No. 6
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to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Chief of Staff evaluates and determines any additional reasons for noncompliance and ensures staff attempt weekly follow-up until mental health care is established for patients determined as intermediate or high-acute or chronic risk of suicide on the Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluation who are discharged home from the Emergency Department.