Recent Study Finds Link to Early Onset Male Breast Cancer By Annette M. Boyle JACKSONVILLE, NC — Marines, sailors and their families who sought refreshment with a cool glass of water at Camp Lejeune got a little something extra with… Read More
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Legislation granting a greater scope of duties for licensed hearing-aid specialists at VA facilities is opposed by agency leadership, even though supporters argue that it would create better access to care for veterans. VA currently… Read More
Developers Caution Against Too Much of a Good Thing By Annette M. Boyle SEATTLE — Now that nearly every hospital in the United States uses electronic health records, healthcare systems across the country are wrestling with how to use all… Read More
VA Researchers Find Normalizing ‘T’ Levels Lowers Heart Risks By Brenda L. Mooney KANSAS CITY, MO — The question over how testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) affects cardiovascular health became even more contentious with a new U.S. veterans study finding that… Read More
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Fewer root-cause analyses (RCA) to identify and evaluate what went wrong in adverse events are being conducted at the VA, and no one seems quite sure whether that is good or bad news. VAMCs use… Read More
By Brenda L. Mooney SAN FRANCISCO – New research on cholinesterase inhibitors is reducing the already limited options VA clinicians have to treat VA patients with dementia. More than a half-million veterans have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia, with most… Read More
By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON — Veterans who receive care through the Veterans Choice Program may not have many choices when it comes to prescriptions from those outside providers, but they do have more than those who receive prescriptions from… Read More
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — The VA is beginning the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptive-disability status for veterans who have certain diseases linked to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. By establishing presumptive status, it is presumed… Read More
Asks If Only Service-Related Conditions Should Be Treated By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—The VA should consider establishing a board or commission similar to the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) to address policy issues like hospital closures in an “objective… Read More
By Brenda L. Mooney SALT LAKE CITY — A study conducted in the VA health system uncovered a disturbing truth about overuse of antibiotics: A big contributor to the problem is that some clinicians prescribe the drugs to nearly every… Read More
Sufficient safeguards still are lacking to prevent retaliation against those who filed complaints against the VA, whistleblowers told a congressional subcommittee recently.
With 50% of the VA facilities more than 60 years old, including operating rooms so outdated that modern equipment and technology won’t fit.
Legislation introduced by a key Republican leader seeks to open up the Veterans Choice Program so that any VA patient can opt for outside healthcare through the program.
In the bustle of a hectic VAMC emergency department, do healthcare providers always remember which common medications are often problematic for older veterans? Usually not.
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Despite recent moves to improve their technology, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded that DoD and VA still are behind schedule when it comes to key activities related to “the deployment of their modernized… Read More
A year ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rolled out new restrictions on hydrocodone-based painkillers, creating a painful situation for many veterans.
Rules Clarified on Animals on VA Property The VA has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property to ensure its practices remain consistent with federal law. Under the revised regulation, only dogs that are individually trained… Read More
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—Calling it a “historic milestone,” the VA announced last month that it has reduced the disability claims backlog to the lowest it has ever been. As of last month, the claims backlog stood at 98,535 — an… Read More
A program designed to provide timely healthcare to veterans outside of VA is itself hampered by delays in care, according to a new report from the VA Office of Inspector General.
After VA officials warned that hospital shutdowns or staff furloughs might be necessary without more budgetary flexibility, lawmakers rushed through legislation to ensure that would not occur.