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WASHINGTON — Gaps in VA’s nurse-competency practices might be putting patients at risk, according to an investigation by VA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The report found that nurses went years without being assessed for their proficiency on equipment, and, many times, when they failed to demonstrate competency, VA hospitals took no action.
WASHINGTON — While Congress has yet to agree on a way forward to avoid a series of automatic federal budget cuts slated to go into effect in 2013, the Obama administration has made it clear that VA medical programs would not be slashed as a result of those cuts.
DURHAM, NC — Research into investigational drugs focuses on clinical safety and effectiveness after use and must assume that the correct drug was administered in the correct dose.
WASHINGTON —VA’s announcement that 1,900 mental-health staff will be added to its roster is more reactive than proactive, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told legislators at a recent hearing.
SAN FRANCISCO — The full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to overhaul VA’s mental-health system, as requested in a class-action suit claiming that VA does not provide mental healthcare in a timely factor.
When is a cancer patient too old to benefit from a surgical procedure? An answer to that question has been hard to find. Now, researchers from the Minneapolis VAMC are providing data and guidelines to help physicians and surgeons determine optimal treatments for colon and lung cancers.
Rural veterans with hepatitis C (HCV) could live hours from a medical center that provides specialty treatment for the disease. Through the VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s telemedicine initiative, however, specialists are training primary-care practitioners to deliver high quality HCV care close to home for patients.
Early adoption of insulin therapy for diabetes can stop or delay progression of the disease and help avoid complications. But change has been slow, even at VA, where more than a million veterans get treatment for the disease. A VA pharmacist offers advice to clinicians on how to initiate earlier insulin treatment.
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