NEW YORK — Another study has looked at the frequency of both appropriate and inappropriate prostate cancer imaging at the VHA, using the Central Cancer Registry linked to VA electronic medical records and Medicare claims from 2004 to 2008. The… Read More
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With low-risk prostate cancer, aggressive treatment of some men leads to marginal survival benefits yet exposes them to urinary and sexual side effects.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA — Mental illness is associated with both current and lifetime asthma among U.S. veterans, according to a new study. The study, published recently in the Journal of Asthma, involved 20,581 veterans. A study team led by California… Read More
Patients treated at the VA had a lower 30-day all-cause mortality rate for heart attack and heart failure than those treated at other hospitals, according to a new study.
Civilian healthcare providers need to acquire more “military/veteran cultural competence” to provide adequate care to veterans, servicemembers and their families.
New Hepatitis C ‘Cure’ Is One issue By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Is VA doing enough to assert ownership rights of inventions made by VA employees using federal funds? The question was raised recently by lawmakers, who focused mostly on… Read More
VA should use “clinically-based access standards” to determine eligibility for community care rather than the 30-day and 40-mile eligibility standards the agency is proposing for the New Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
Veterans who took part in secret biological and chemical warfare tests on Navy ships during the 1960s showed “no significant increase in adverse health outcomes.
The VA is seeking to end what it considers an arbitrary 80-hour per federal work period requirement which complicates hospital staffing, especially in emergency departments.
One of the most-common complaints about VA healthcare is that veterans have to wait an inordinate amount of time for a medical appointment. A new congressionally-mandated review reveals that isn’t true in most cases.
Veterans adjusting to a disability or recovering from trauma — be it physical, mental or emotional — often feel disconnected, both from others and from their own mind or body.
VA Could Help Validate New Classifications By Annette M. Boyle BALTIMORE — Sometimes consensus sounds like controversy. In 2014, the International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in Multiple Sclerosis recommended a revision to the four subtypes of the disease in… Read More
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) officials recently defended cost increases related to development of the paperless claims processing system Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS). “Scope and cost increases were planned, essential and approved to move beyond… Read More
By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Michael Missal told lawmakers that, if he becomes the next VA Inspector General, one of his goals will be to work “to promote an improved environment” for whistleblowers. “I will also take the necessary steps… Read More
Pre-infection Immunological Health Achieved in Some Cases By Annette M. Boyle SAN ANTONIO — For years, clinicians have not recommended treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients with antiretroviral therapy (ART) before they saw a significant drop in T-cell levels. Starting… Read More
VA Researchers Recommend Against the Practice in Most Cases By Brenda L. Mooney ANN ARBOR, MI — In a case where the preventive measure might be worse than the avoided outcome, hospitals at the VHA and elsewhere often routinely provide… Read More
Last year, a new policy instructed VHA providers not to discontinue mental health medications initiated by DoD providers due to formulary differences.
In the last few months, several federal agencies and Congress have taken steps to eliminate obstacles to the study and potential use of marijuana for veterans with epilepsy and other conditions.
While veterans and servicemembers who have experienced a single unprovoked seizure and the clinicians who treat them would like clear, consistent next steps, new guidelines take them into solidly gray areas.
‘Presumptive’ Process Expected to Take a Year By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — About 15,000 veterans would be eligible for expanded disability compensation because of exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, NC, between August 1953 and December of 1987, change… Read More