Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Clinicians Might Be Switching Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients to Biologics Too Quickly

The development of multiple biologic agents for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in recent years has given patients and clinicians more options for therapy.

HCV Complications Increasing for Women Veterans

HOUSTON—The epidemiology clinical course of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is affected by gender. Yet, few long-term longitudinal studies have examined trends in the incidence and prevalence of serious liver complications among women compared with men with HCV infection, according… Read More

Veterans With Heart Failure, Methamphetamine Use Present Growing Challenges for VA

Veterans With Heart Failure, Methamphetamine Use Present Growing Challenges for VA

The rate of heart failure associated with methamphetamine (meth) use appears to be on the upswing in veterans, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017.

GAO: VA Quality Measures on Hospital Compare, Agency Websites Not Accurate, Complete Enough

GAO: VA Quality Measures on Hospital Compare, Agency Websites Not Accurate, Complete Enough

VA does not have “reasonable assurance” that the healthcare quality measures it reports on Hospital Compare and its own website accurately assess how VAMCs are performing, a new study suggests.

Shulkin Pushes for Funding so VA Can ‘Piggyback’ on DoD’s EHR Implementation

Shulkin Pushes for Funding so VA Can ‘Piggyback’ on DoD’s EHR Implementation

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—After announcing VA’s decision earlier this year to replace VistA with the same electronic health record (EHR) that DoD is using, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, made a trip to Capitol Hill last month to implore lawmakers… Read More

VA Study Finds Older Medicare Patients Often Are Overtreated for Diabetes

It’s not only the VA that struggles with the balance between just enough treatment of older Type 2 diabetes patients and too much.

VAMC Survey Found High Rates of Asthma, Respiratory Symptoms Among Staff

A survey at a VAMC recorded the prevalence of current diagnosed asthma at 17.6% but also found that nearly half of the healthcare workers reported some asthma-like symptoms.

Previous VA Research Borne Out: PCI Provides No Symptom Relief in Stable Angina

Previous VA Research Borne Out: PCI Provides No Symptom Relief in Stable Angina

In a move that reanimated a long-standing controversy in cardiology, a recently published study supports and extends the findings of landmark research done by the VA more than a decade ago.

VA Patients More Likely to Die on Kidney Transplant Wait Lists

VA Patients More Likely to Die on Kidney Transplant Wait Lists

Distance to VA Transplantation Centers Could Be a Factor By Brenda L. Mooney CLEVELAND—Veterans treated by the VA have lower rates of kidney transplantation when compared with patients who have Medicare or private insurance coverage, a new study found. The… Read More

Regional Anticoagulation Clinic Improvement Methods Bring Benefits Across VA

Regional Anticoagulation Clinic Improvement Methods Bring Benefits Across VA

By Annette M. Boyle BEDFORD, MA—A program launched in eight VA New England medical center anticoagulation clinics not only achieved its goals of improving delivery of anticoagulation care, it also continues to pay dividends in multiple other areas. Within the… Read More

Veterans With Heart Failure, Methamphetamine Use Present Growing Challenges for VA

ANAHEIM, CA – The rate of heart failure associated with methamphetamine (meth) use appears to be on the upswing in veterans, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017. The research from the University of… Read More

VA/DoD Process Ensures Guidelines Reflect Current Research

VA/DoD Process Ensures Guidelines Reflect Current Research

By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON—Clinicians treating veterans and military patients can expect new guidelines in the coming year on sleep disorders, stroke, asthma, suicide prevention and chronic kidney disease. The VA/DoD guidelines for major diseases and common conditions in the… Read More

VA’s Draft Legislation Seeks to Expand Criteria for Choice Program

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—The VA has sent draft legislation to Congress that would revamp criteria for outside care, including eliminating the controversial “30-day/40-mile” rule. “We want veterans to work with their VA physicians to make informed decisions that are best… Read More

VA Dogged By Revived Bills Seeking Service Animals for PTSD Patients

VA Dogged By Revived Bills Seeking Service Animals for PTSD Patients

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—VA pushed back against congressional bills under consideration last month that would create new pilot programs related to dog therapy. “We do not believe that creating yet another program would add significant value. VA is already helping… Read More