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Archive for June 14th 2011
Despite Goal to Smooth DoD-to-VA Care Transition, Conflicting Systems Still Complicate Process for Wounded Warriors
Washington - In what is not really a joke, severely-injured veterans sometimes quip, “I need a case manager to manage my case managers.”
Washington, DC - VA’s information technology infrastructure, as well as the joint electronic health record that is being planned between VA and DoD, will be primarily based on open-source software, officials revealed last month.
Appeals Court Ruling Allows Judicial Oversight of VA Programs, Raises Separation of Powers Issues with President, Congress
San Francisco - In a case that has raised questions about the appropriate role of the three branches of the U.S. government, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that veterans may look to the courts to seek relief from their claims about VA’s failure to provide adequate or timely care to veterans in need.
VA Says Infection Control Problems Being Remedied, Defends Response Against Congressional Accusations of Secretiveness
Washington - Despite the VA’s efforts to improve oversight in areas such as the cleaning and reprocessing of medical equipment, infection risks still exist for patients, according to a recent government report.
Washington - One of the greatest challenges for the Defense Centers for Excellence (DCoE) is educating providers on the complexities of PTSD, which is far more difficult to treat than routine illnesses for which patients can just pop a pill.
From maps to the weather to tracking how far they’ve walked today, people are relying more and more on their Smartphones. “There’s an app for that,” has grown from novel phrase to punchline to a simple fact of life. Now, there is even an application to help veterans suffering from PTSD.
Washington - VA officially kicked off a massive genomic research project last month, one the agency believes will be a “game changer” for health care at VA.
Washington - A VA physician in Phoenix was recently terminated for violating the Hatch Act, a 70-year-old statute governing how and when a federal employee can engage in political activity. While such terminations are relatively rare, many federal employees, including health-care providers, may lack general understanding of the law and the potential consequences for violating it, according to union officials and others.
Walking a Tightrope: Military Tries to Balance Appropriate Pain Treatment with Growing Misuse of Prescription Drugs
Washington, DC - The military services, especially the Army, are walking a tightrope on how to appropriately treat wounded warriors’ pain without feeding into the growing problem of misuse of pain relievers and other prescription drugs among troops.
Several recent events have thrown a spotlight on the dilemma.
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