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The VA allows eligible veterans to receive care from community providers when they face challenges accessing care at VA medical facilities. The VA is still responsible for ensuring that these community providers are qualified and competent.
The Department of Veterans Affairs partners with nongovernmental groups, like non-profits or universities, through formal agreements aimed at making veterans aware of available suicide prevention programs and mental health services.
VA provides care to about 9,000 veterans in 134 VA-operated nursing homes, called "community living centers." For oversight, VA conducts unannounced inspections and tracks quality measures (such as the percentage of residents with a fall) and nurse staffing levels.
We examined how VA handles complaints about the quality of care at VA nursing homes, called community living centers. Residents can lodge complaints with staff or patient advocates at associated VA medical centers.
While automated tools to assess home values are becoming more common, federally regulated banks and credit unions still obtain appraisals from state-credentialed appraisers for most home loans to protect themselves and borrowers.
Deep-sea mining is the process of exploring the deep seabed and retrieving minerals like cobalt and manganese (used in things like rechargeable batteries, smartphones, and steel), as well as gold, nickel, and rare earth elements.
The Department of Veterans Affairs operates one of the largest health care systems in the country. It owned 5,625 buildings and leased 1,690 more in FY 2020 to help provide this care. VA has a growing maintenance backlog and estimated that it needs $22.6 billion to correct facility deficiencies.