Minutes for the
June 16, 2015, Hill Country Veterans Council Meeting
Officers: Vicki Marsh - President, Dave Rittenhouse – Second
Members: Cord Switzer, Gary Noller, Bill Cantrell, Emilio Rendon,
Guests: Susan Junker, Dennis Birchall, Gary Powers, Nick Oprea, Mike
KVA: Lee Long
Doctor Shortage: VA has taken steps such as
increasing pay cap. Mr. Youngblood has moved on as recruiter for
VA recognition for full practice authorization of PA's/Nurse
Practitioners has been somewhat problematic/complicated.
Green and Blue Team Doctors: Recruiting has not been successful yet;
Blue has a temporary doctor who leaves EOM August
KVA has received authorization to increase one position to mid-level
position, which increases the pay range.
Dr. Shaw is leaving the GEM Clinic.
Primary Care leadership is responsible for recruiting primary care
physicians - Dr. Frank.
Some of the recent attrition is due to people leaving VA for higher
pay grades at DOD in San Antonio - ex. HR personnel.
40+% of federal work force is retirement eligible.
Neurology: 3 individuals have been selected and are pending
Dental Hygienist – negotiation continues.
Swallowing studies - have started; unable to be here in June, will
be here July 7 and 15
How many patients do we have waiting in Kerrville? Lee will find
"Fee" (outside VA system treatment) is over-budget - so KVA prefers
Sleep Clinic - going reasonably well; the claims side however is
Release of Information Office - signs have been changed, but still a
few strays. New HR "SMART" program has been a distractor, but is now
The Audie HR reviews are taking too long.
KVA Administrative Officer's Position – mandatory every 2 year
review is in progress.
Alpha-Stim - no information today; key personnel have been out. Dr.
Herbst (with Dr. Senter present) helped fill in Vicki earlier on the
Knee Injections - orthopedic clinic recently received authorization
to resume single injections.
Cord asked Lee what we can do to help KVA:
We can continue to ask congressmen about outdated laws that need
revision, but the HCVC needs specifics.
We can assist with identifying any "winter" Texans willing to work
fee or part time when here? KVA can provide space.
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders: Friday, June 19 9 AM Comfort Park
Town Hall June 18 Rm 222 - Gary, Vicki and Susan plan to attend
Congressman Smith is unclear about Freedom's Path
Stakeholders Meeting July 8 - call for agenda items:
How many have used Choice?
Breakdown by County
List of providers by County and specialty?
2 Team doctors
There was a discussion on limitations of veteran counts.
Dr. Bollinger would appreciate HCVC looking at Choice survey she is
Mental Health Summit Friday August 14 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM - Cailloux
Comments to us or the V. A. would be greatly appreciated.