Interview with Former VA Secretary Principi: Future Could Bring Joint VA, DoD Health System

Interview with Former VA Secretary Principi: Future Could Bring Joint VA, DoD Health System

By Sandra Basu  WASHINGTON – Ask former VA Secretary Anthony Principi about his experience as VA secretary, and he’ll tell you his leadership lessons started long before. “Leadership was something I learned from the moment I went to the Naval Academy… Read More

Nov 10, 2014 | View Article
VA’s COPD Knowledge, Treatment Improving, But Still ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

VA’s COPD Knowledge, Treatment Improving, But Still ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is sometimes referred to as the “quiet” or “silent” killer by clinicians trying to treat it. It presents few symptoms in its earliest stages and so is often not diagnosed… Read More

Nov 10, 2014 | View Article
Mortality Rates Drop Dramatically with Wider Use of Anticoagulants

Mortality Rates Drop Dramatically with Wider Use of Anticoagulants

New Formulations Might Be More Effective By Annette M. Boyle BETHESDA, MD – In the last 50 years, the use of anticoagulants has transformed mortality rates for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and atrial fibrillation, and new anticoagulants… Read More

Nov 10, 2014 | View Article
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” — Thomas ‘Vince’ Lombardi (1913-1970) On Nov. 30, 2014 at midnight, I will pass on to the retirement rolls of the United States Army after 26 years, five months and… Read More

Nov 09, 2014 | View Article
  • Breaking News

  • VA Removes VA Phoenix Director

    WASHINGTON—The VA announced that it has formally removed Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, from federal service. Helman had been on paid administrative leave in the wake of a patient wait times scandal that initially centered… Read More

    Nov 25, 2014 | View Article

  • McDonald Announces VA Reorganization

    WASHINGTON—VA Secretary Robert McDonald announced this week that VA is embarking on the largest reorganization of the agency since its establishment. McDonald explained to veterans and employees that among the changes include the establishment of a new VA-wide customer service… Read More

    Nov 11, 2014 | View Article

  • VA Secretary Defends Actions to Hold Individuals Accountable

    WASHINGTON—VA is moving as “aggressively and expeditiously as possible by the law” in holding individuals accountable in the wake of the patient wait list scandal, but must wait for the investigations to be completed before it can act, the VA… Read More

    Nov 08, 2014 | View Article

  • Other Recent Articles

  • October 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: Focus on Oncology Increasing Cancer Treatment Delays Have Plagued VAMCs for Nearly a Decade Male Breast Cancer at the VA Rarer Than the Female Disease, but More Deadly Pharmacy Update Training Program Prepares Military Pharmacy Techs for… Read More

    Nov 10, 2014 | View Article

  • September 2014 Focus

    In this Issue: Focus on Pain Telecare Program Effectively Manages Pain, Reduces Opioid Use in VA Patients Research Finds Unexpectedly High Rates of Pain, Opioid Use in Recently Deployed Soldiers Pharmacy Update Statins Reduce Barrett‘s Esophagus; Cancer Precursor Affects About… Read More

    Nov 10, 2014 | View Article

  • October 2014 Direct

    OCTOBER ISSUE Forward this newsletter to a colleague U.S. MEDICINE NEWS UPDATE VA Proposes Physician Pay Increases, Begins Major Recruiting Campaign WASHINGTON – The maximum rates of annual pay for incoming VHA physicians and dentists would be increased as much… Read More

    Nov 10, 2014 | View Article

  • Do you think the VA will still exist as a separate healthcare system 50 years from now?

    Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll. Yes No Undecided Current Results

    Nov 10, 2014 | View Article

  • First Metformin, SGLT2 Combination Approved by FDA

    RARITAN, NJ – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first fixed-dose combination of a sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor and metformin for use in the United States. The drug, Invokamet, is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and… Read More

    Nov 10, 2014 | View Article

  • Computer Model: HCV, Associated Cancer Will Be Rare by 2036

    Computer Model: HCV, Associated Cancer Will Be Rare by 2036

    By Brenda L. Mooney PITTSBURGH – Will hepatitis C become a rare disease over the next two decades or so? The answer is yes, according to a computer simulation conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health… Read More

    Nov 10, 2014 | View Article

  • Military Brings Treatment Closer to Troops to Combat Growing Depression Issues

    By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – Recent military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have put the spotlight not only on PTSD and TBI, but also on depression, which often co-exists with both conditions. “The previously rising suicide rate [in the Army]… Read More

    Nov 10, 2014 | View Article