June 2017

House Legislation Seeks to Modernize Veterans Appeals Process

House Legislation Seeks to Modernize Veterans Appeals Process

A bill passed by the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support will modernize the veterans’ appeals process, supporters maintained.

Phoenix VA Partners With CVS MinuteClinic to Provide In-Pharmacy Healthcare

Phoenix VA Partners With CVS MinuteClinic to Provide In-Pharmacy Healthcare

When CVS Health became an authorized provider under the Veterans Choice Program, several VAMCs considered using the company’s retail medical clinic, MinuteClinic, to help relieve long waits and offer routine medical services nearer to veterans’ homes.

Navy Functional Restoration Pain Program Shows Success

Chronic pain is the leading cause of medical discharge from active duty military service. Disability payments related to the condition also are a significant economic cost to the DoD.

Spinal Manipulation Modestly Effective for Low-Back Pain

Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is a treatment option for acute low-back pain, but randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses have reported different conclusions about its effectiveness, according to a new study.

Recent Veterans’ Opioid Use Similar to U.S. Population

Despite their issues with chronic pain, veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) use opioids at about the same rate as the overall U.S. population.

VA Study: CV Risks Lower in Patients Taking NSAID, Misoprostol Combo

VA Study: CV Risks Lower in Patients Taking NSAID, Misoprostol Combo

Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs has been linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular issues, but a new study offers a possible way to mitigate that factor.

HIV Infection Linked to 40% Increase in Veterans’ Risk of Developing Heart Failure

HIV Infection Linked to 40% Increase in Veterans’ Risk of Developing Heart Failure

Antiretroviral therapy has extended the lives of veterans with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by decades, but a new threat could cut back their longevity.

VA Could Soon Achieve ‘Near Complete Eradication’ of Hepatitis C

VA Could Soon Achieve ‘Near Complete Eradication’ of Hepatitis C

Over the next year or so, the remarkable transformation of hepatitis C (HCV) treatment at the VA will likely reach some type of equilibrium, a new study suggested.

VA Colorectal Cancer Data Similar to Overall U.S.

Colorectal cancer data from the VA often is underrepresented in U.S. cancer reporting, according to a new study seeking to remedy that.

Most Common GI Scope Adverse Events at VHA

How common are adverse events related to gastrointestinal (GI) scope and tube placement procedures at the VHA?

USU: Younger Colon Cancer Patients Appear Overtreated

While young and middle-aged patients are much more likely to receive postoperative chemotherapy than older patients, they don’t appear to survive any longer from colon cancer, a new study reported.

Accountability Office Will Play Role in Weeding Out Bad Staff

Accountability Office Will Play Role in Weeding Out Bad Staff

After years of partisan grappling over how best to increase accountability among VA employees, the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection was created through presidential executive order last month.

Award-Winning Army PA Seeks to Improve Battlefield Emergency Care

Award-Winning Army PA Seeks to Improve Battlefield Emergency Care

Maj. Jonathan Monti, DSc, PA-C, says he does not believe in haphazardly adding new technology to the already-overwhelming amount of gear carried by those providing medical care on the battlefield.

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” ― Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” ― Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

I have spent the past week in a series of meetings hosted by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide a public forum to discuss the national response to the ongoing opioid epidemic. I was serving as the Uniformed Services University and Department of Defense representative on this issue.