Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Opts for Same EHR System Used by DoD Healthcare

VA Opts for Same EHR System Used by DoD Healthcare

Saying that he was not willing “to put this decision off any longer,” VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, announced that VA will adopt the same EHR system as DoD, now known as MHS GENESIS.

Unintended Pregnancy More Likely in Active-Duty Troops

Unintended pregnancy is reportedly to be higher in the military population, according to a new study seeking to determine the rates of unintended pregnancy among active duty servicemembers compared to other military healthcare beneficiaries.

Study Urges More Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Long-acting reversible contraception is more effective for pregnancy prevention than shorter-acting contraceptive methods and has the potential to reduce healthcare disparities and costs, yet is generally underused, pointed out a new military study.

Breast Cancer Surgery Increasing at VA

Women will make up approximately 10% of the VA healthcare system by 2020 and 15% by 2030, meaning that the need for women’s health services, including breast cancer treatment, will increase.

VSOs Raise Concerns About Proposed VA Smoking Bans

VSOs Raise Concerns About Proposed VA Smoking Bans

If a new law is passed, veterans living in facilities such as VA nursing homes would have only 90 days to phase out smoking in their rooms, according to veteran service organizations expressing concern about the proposal.

Veterans Choice Program Increases Burden on VA Pharmacists

Veterans Choice Program Increases Burden on VA Pharmacists

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act in 2014 allows veterans to receive covered care and prescriptions from non-VA providers in a variety of situations.

Depression Is 60% More Common in Women Veterans Compared to Men

Depression Is 60% More Common in Women Veterans Compared to Men

Recent research uncovered some good news and bad news when it comes to female veterans and depression: Women experience depression at much higher rates than men but also are more likely to receive adequate care and report symptom improvement.

TKI Persistence Rates at VHA Over Time

How is chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) treated over an extended period at the VHA, including the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy with imatinib, dasatinib and nilotinib?

Lymphoma, Other Cancers Linked to HCV

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is known to cause hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Sickle Cell Trait Skews Hemoglobin A1c Results

Hemoglobin A1c might be underestimating glucose levels in a meaningful percentage of African-American and other patients.

Veterans’ End-of-Life Preferences Not Well-Communicated to Surrogates

Veterans’ End-of-Life Preferences Not Well-Communicated to Surrogates

With a substantial number of older patients treated at the VA—more than 2 million World War II and Korean War veterans were among the patient population in 2015—how to manage their end-of-life care is an increasingly critical question.

VA Defends Crisis Line Amid Criticisms from Congress, Recent Reports

VA Defends Crisis Line Amid Criticisms from Congress, Recent Reports

Despite criticism from recent government reports, VA officials insisted last month that the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) “is the strongest it has been since its inception in 2007.”

TBI Specialist Seeks to Customize Treatment for Brain-Injured Veterans

TBI Specialist Seeks to Customize Treatment for Brain-Injured Veterans

For the past eight years, Joel Scholten, MD, has enjoyed both a ground-level, exam-room view of traumatic brain injury (TBI) care in VA, as well as a bird’s-eye view of national policy, and both perspectives reveal the same thing: There are as many appropriate treatment plans for TBI as there are veterans suffering from the injury.

VA Vows Quick Response to DC VAMC Patient Safety Issues

VA Vows Quick Response to DC VAMC Patient Safety Issues

VA Secretary David Shulkin vowed last month that his agency will “act as rapidly as possible” to hold accountable those responsible for “serious and troubling deficiencies” at the DC VAMC.