Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner . . . and VA Secretary Robert McDonald???

On January 29, 2016, recently appointed VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. David Shulkin, held a conference between VHA leaders and finalists in a competition to present pitches for improvement to the Veterans Health Administration.  As identified in the link below [VA’s own blog], each finalist (I believe all VHA employees) presented “rapid-fire virtual pitches . . . similar to the television show ‘Shark Tank.'”  From that pool, 10 finalists’ ideas will be implemented in VHA facilities around the country.  Those finalists not chosen were told, “You are dead to me” . . . that’s an acknowledged bad joke folks.

VA creates a “Shark Tank” to identify ideas to better serve Veterans

The VHA is by far the nation’s largest integrated health care system and has struggled to keep up with the ever-increasing number of veterans eligible for healthcare, timeliness of treatment scheduling, and a number of scandals.  I hear from veterans all around the country and a major issue is the disparate availability and quality of treatment in the various geographic areas.  While the program above appears slightly flippant and inconsequential, hopefully, it represents an upper-management philosophy of needing to listen to their employees with “boots on the ground” and the absolute need to be at the forefront of technology and treatment programs.

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Seth Director

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Over nine years of trial and appellate litigation experience at the Department of Justice and the Army Judge Advocate General Corps where I frequently handled high profile, complex litigation before various federal courts. I am now an associate in the Veterans’ Law section at the law firm of Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC, and a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney. The Veterans’ Law section at Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg offers nationwide representation at all levels of the VA administrative process, as well as in the Federal court system, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. I focus solely on Veterans’ law and Veteran-related issues, claims and benefits and can offer a unique perspective as a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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