VA Accountability Tops Legislative List in New Congress

VA Accountability Tops Legislative List in New Congress

House lawmakers wasted no time beginning the 115th Congress last month with legislation addressing VA accountability.
Feb 14, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post
Army Pharmacy Pilots New Service Model at Four Sites

Army Pharmacy Pilots New Service Model at Four Sites

Four Army pharmacy sites have taken the lead in shifting the patient experience from a transactional paradigm to a service-oriented model the Army hopes to
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Eight Years Later, VHA’s ‘MRSA Bundle’ Continues to Push Down Infection Rates

Eight Years Later, VHA’s ‘MRSA Bundle’ Continues to Push Down Infection Rates

When the VHA implemented a nationwide prevention initiative against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), healthcare facility-associated infections (HAIs) were unacceptably high.
Feb 05, 2017 | 0 comments | View Post
“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:4

“A living dog is better than a dead lion.” – Ecclesiastes 9:4

For many, including myself, the political upheaval that has characterized the 2016 campaign and election has been unsettling.
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