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David Sparks Ph.d VA and Walden
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: April 24, 2017

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As I have covered farmers and ranchers over the past seven years, I have always been impressed with their willingness and commitment to serve their communities and country. From the FFA to the armed services, agriculture people step up. For that reason, I applaud the efforts of Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) for continuing his efforts to improve the care Oregon’s veterans receive at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He introduced legislation to unburden VA doctors, and allow them to see more patients. Walden’s legislation would implement a pilot program for medical scribes at VA facilities, which will help ease administrative burdens that are preventing physicians from devoting their full attention to veterans.

“The legislation we’ve introduced is really going to be important for our veterans all across Oregon and America because it frees up doctors to do what they do best: take care of patients,” said Walden. “Our plan will set up a pilot program to bring scribes in to do paperwork and record-keeping in the VA process. One thing we’ve learned is that there aren’t enough providers in the VA process to take timely care of our veterans. This legislation should free up the providers we have to actually see the patients and take care of them with their medical needs, and allow others to do the paperwork. I think it makes a lot of sense for our veterans and for the VA, and I look forward to seeing this legislation moving through the Veterans Affairs Committee.”

Bear in mind this legislation is not just restricted to Oregon, it is committed to the entire veterans administration organization.

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