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Unions

Unions Go to Court to Stop VA Changes in ‘Official Time’ Policy

VA's announcement that it would eliminate paid union-related official time for medical professionals, as of Nov. 15, has drawn a lawsuit from unions representing the agency's employees.

December 11, 2018
ACTUR

Better Survival for NSCLC Patients Treated by Military Medicine

Does universal healthcare access provided by the MHS translate into improved patient outcomes for non-small cell lung cancer?

November 29, 2018
Alzheimers

Increasing Usage of SSRIs for Dementia Symptoms

Emerging data has suggested effectiveness for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for treatment of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

November 29, 2018
PharmD

PhARMD Program Continues to Expand Pharmacists’ Clinical Role in VA

A tool developed by the VA has raised the profile of pharmacists as critical members of patient care teams at the VA, leading to a doubling of the number of pharmacists serving as providers.

November 29, 2018
Metformin

Caution Urged in Use of Sulfonylureas in Some T2 Diabetes Patients with CAD

VA clinicians should exercise caution with use of sulfonylurea in some patients with co-morbid type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to new research.

November 29, 2018
CGM

Hypoglycemia Concerns Help Drive Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring at VA

As the VA increases its focus on minimizing hypoglycemia in veterans with type 2 diabetes, it expects that more physicians and veterans will consider using continuous glucose monitors to meet that goal.

November 29, 2018
Interventional Radiology

Richmond VAMC Nurse Develops Interventional Radiology Manual

When Jennifer Farrell, RN, arrived at the Richmond VAMC in February 2015, the interventional radiology department was in its infancy.

November 19, 2018
Cancer

Veterans Study Calls for Better Guidance on Lung Cancer Treatment

With increased imaging now detecting lung cancer nodules in sicker patients, a new report suggested that guidelines should be more directive in how to maximize benefit and minimize harm, while taking into account comorbidities and life expectancy.

November 19, 2018
Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines Increase Suicide Risks in Veterans With Co-Morbid COPD/PTSD

Many clinical guidelines specifically recommend against prescribing benzodiazepines to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

November 19, 2018
Agent Orange

Senate VA Committee Chair Vows to Pass ‘Blue Water’ Navy Benefits

Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) vowed that addressing benefits for Blue Water Navy Veterans “is no longer going to be a question,” but that “how we do it is the only question.”

November 19, 2018
Department of Defense

VA, DoD Formally Agree to Create ‘Seamless’ EHR System

After years of pressure from Congress and advocacy groups, the DoD and VA have formally agreed to work together to implement “a single, seamlessly integrated electronic health record that will accurately and efficiently share health data.”

November 19, 2018
medical students

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” — Henry Ford (1863-1947)

October is Operation Bushmaster season for Uniformed Services University (USU) medical and nursing students.

November 8, 2018
acute myocardial infarction

NASA Partners with Academia for CVD Prediction Tool in Younger Adults

Federal medicine played a crucial role in the development of a new online tool to better predict which middle-aged adults are at the greatest risk of having acute myocardial infarction or stroke over the next decade.

November 8, 2018
military veterans

Intensive Short-Term Therapy More Effective for PTSD in Veterans

Short-term intensive outpatient treatment is more effective for post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans than longer-term therapy, a new study suggested.

November 8, 2018
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Suicide Rates Jump Up for Younger Veterans in Recent Years

Rates of suicide among younger veterans (ages 18-34) “increased substantially in recent years,” climbing from 40.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2015 to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2016, according to a new report.

November 8, 2018
Department of Veterans Affairs

Two-Thirds of VAMCs Improved Quality, Efficiency in Recent Assessment

More than half of 15 VAMCs classified as “high risk” in the October 2017 Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning report moved out of that category in the most recent update. But one, the DCVAMC in Washington declined and is now considered “critical.”

November 8, 2018
Department of Veterans Affairs

Decision Tool Helps Decide Who Should Get Lung Cancer Screening

A new online decision tool helps clinicians determine when to recommend lung cancer screening for their patients.

October 28, 2018
Department of Veterans Affairs

Cost Matters Most in Patient Preference for ED Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing is often used during emergency department (ED) visits. But, in the rush to diagnosis and treat patients, often not much attention is paid to patient preferences for such testing, according to a recent study.

October 28, 2018
Department of Veterans Affairs

A ‘Trigger’ Can Make Sure Abnormal TSH Levels Are Followed Up

In busy outpatient clinics, following up on abnormal test results too often falls by the wayside, according to a new study.

October 28, 2018
glucocorticoid treatment

RA Fracture Risk Affected by Glucocorticoid Treatment

How much does systemic glucocorticoid exposure increase fracture among patients with newly-diagnosed inflammatory and immune-modulated conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

October 14, 2018