VA Caregiver Support – Issues Part 2 (Review of VHA Directive 1152)

In this post, part 2, I'll discuss the VHA Directive 1152 June 14, 2017 to show the violations, alterations and omissions of the law, statue and regulation. It also violates other laws. I will only discuss some of these issues. You can use part 2 to validate statements I made in part 1. In a … Continue reading VA Caregiver Support – Issues Part 2 (Review of VHA Directive 1152)

VA Caregiver Support – Issues Part 1

My opinion of the issues with the VA Caregiver Support (CS) is based on the governing documents, my personal experience, my medical records, conversations with various levels of VA CS employees, etc. You can compare the below issues with the governing documents, information from your experience, information from your local CSC, from medical records, numerous … Continue reading VA Caregiver Support – Issues Part 1

VA Caregiver Support – PCAFC and PGCSS are not Clinical or Clinical Intervention Programs

In this post, I'm going to prove the two (2) caregiver support programs are not clinical or clinical intervention programs through legal supporting documents. The Caregiver Support governing documents: Public Law 111-163 38 USC 1720G 38 CFR 71 (Latest final rule with amendments is 80 FR 1357 January 09, 2015 as most online regulations haven't … Continue reading VA Caregiver Support – PCAFC and PGCSS are not Clinical or Clinical Intervention Programs

Veteran Medical Records, Mental Health Records and Psychotherapy Notes

The information contained in this post is based on my personal experience since August 2017 and discussions with the VA, VA Privacy Officers, VA Patient Advocate, Health and Human Services (HHS) and CS employees from the CSC to the regional director. First, let's define medical record, mental health record and psychotherapy notes. Medical Record. A … Continue reading Veteran Medical Records, Mental Health Records and Psychotherapy Notes

VA Caregiver Support – PCAFC Medical Records and Psychotherapy Notes

Another topic I want to discuss with you is the 'verbal' requirement from the VA Caregiver Support Central Office for the Caregiver Support Coordinator (CSC) to access Veteran's medical records and psychotherapy notes for the following reasons: Complete the Caregiver Support Administrative Eligibility Screening Tool (CSAEST) To review the clinical evaluations during the application phase … Continue reading VA Caregiver Support – PCAFC Medical Records and Psychotherapy Notes

VA Caregiver Support Forms, Handouts and Literature

The Caregiver Support (CS), Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), forms, literature and handouts. These pertain to the clinical responsibilities written by the Social Worker Department (SWD) instead of the Medical Department. I have listed some of the forms, literature and handouts used in the PCAFC I want to discuss in greater detail … Continue reading VA Caregiver Support Forms, Handouts and Literature

VA Caregiver Support Directive Overview

The Caregiver Support (CS) is managed by the VA Social Worker Department (SWD). In June 2017 the CS published VHA Directive 1152.┬áIt was written by the SWD without inclusion of the VA medical department for the clinical responsibilities. Remember from the regulation review, there are two (2) independent and separate roles and responsibilities: 1) clinical … Continue reading VA Caregiver Support Directive Overview