Category: Late Breaking News

Pentagon Announces Ebola Medical Support Team

WASHINGTON—DoD announced that it is organizing a 30-member expeditionary medical support team that can provide assistance on short notice to civilian medical personnel in the event of additional Ebola cases in the U.S. According to DoD, the military team will… Read More

VA Announces Increase in Pay Ranges For New Doctors and Dentists

WASHINGTON–The VA announced plans to increase the maximum rates of annual pay for incoming VHA physicians and dentists as part of its effort to recruit clinicians. “We are committed to hiring more medical professionals across the country to better serve… Read More

U.S. Military Response Expands As Part of U.S. Efforts to Combat Ebola

WASHINGTON—U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Liberia as part of U.S. efforts to support the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. “Today, thousands of people in West Africa are infected.  That number… Read More

IG Report Examines Impact of Care Delays at Phoenix VA

WASHINGTON—A VA IG report has found that access barriers adversely affected the quality of care at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, but could not “conclusively assert” that patients died as a result of waiting for care. The IG conducted a… Read More

VHA Announces Adoption of New Method to Define “Rural”

WASHINGTON—VHA is changing the method it uses to define urban, rural and highly rural land areas so that it can better identify and serve rural veterans, the agency has announced. “VHA strives to provide high-quality, accessible health care to all… Read More

New VA Reform Bill Now Law

WASHINGTON— A $16.3 billion  piece of legislation to reform VA is now officially law, after being passed by the House and Senate and signed by President Barack Obama. The approval of the final bill by both chambers of Congress this week… Read More

McDonald Overwhelmingly Approved as New VA Chief

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate today unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald, the former Procter and Gamble president and CEO, as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The previous secretary, Eric Shinseki, resigned in May after a series of revelations about mismanagement at the VA that… Read More

President Taps Corporate Exec for New VA Chief

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced June 30 that his nominee for secretary of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs is Bob McDonald, a West Point graduate who served as chief executive of Procter & Gamble.   The president said his administration… Read More

VA Orders Restructure of VHA’s Office of Medical Inspector

WASHINGTON—In response to recent recommendations by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), VA Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson announced that the Department’s Office of Medical Inspector (OMI) will be restructured. “ “Given recent revelations by the Office of Special Counsel, it… Read More

VA Initiates Search for New VHA Chief

WASHINGTON– The VA has begun the process of selecting the next head of the VHA, the agency announced this week. “This is one of the most important jobs in government today,” Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson said in… Read More

VA Audit Confirms Thousands of Veterans Await VA Care

WASHINGTON—A VA internal audit found that over 57,000 new veterans have been waiting for more than 90 days or more for an appointment and that another 64,000 veterans who requested an appointment during the enrollment process during the past 10… Read More

Shinseki Resignation Accepted Regretfully by President Obama

WASHINGTON – In the midst of a growing scandal over deadly delays in care and secret waiting lists at the VA, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki offered his resignation May 30, and President Barack Obama said he accepted it… Read More

VA Official Steps Down Amidst Scandal

WASHINGTON—The VA announced that VA Under Secretary of Health Robert A. Petzel, MD, has stepped down from this position. In a written statement, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said that he had “accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel.” “As we… Read More

Lawmakers and Advocacy Groups Pressure VA on Hospital Allegations

WASHINGTON—In the wake of allegations that as many as 40 veterans may have died while waiting for treatment at the Phoenix VA, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted this week to subpoena VA records and emails in which VA… Read More

Military Suicides Decrease for Active Duty, Rise in Reserve Forces

WASHINGTON—While the rate of suicides among active duty troops decreased from 2012 to 2013, suicides appeared to increase among reserve forces, according to recent data. New data released by DoD reports that in 2012 there were 319 suicides among active… Read More

DVBIC Announces Campaign to Raise TBI Awareness

WASHINGTON–The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) has launched a new Initiative to increase awareness about brain injuries. The multi-year initiative, “A Head for the Future,” seeks to make troops, their families and veterans “more aware of the signs… Read More

President’s Budget Proposal Seeks VA Funding Increase

WASHINGTON—The President proposed a $163.9 billion FY 2015 budget for VA this week, which is a 6.5% increase over FY 2014. The budget includes $68.4 billion in discretionary funding of which $59.1 billion is for the medical care budget, and… Read More

VA and Kaiser Permanente Partner to Address Health Care Challenges

WASHINGTON–VA and Kaiser Permanente have entered into a new collaboration “to pool resources and ideas to solve some of the largest and most complex challenges in VA health care,” according to VA. As part of the partnership, the organizations announced… Read More

VA Reports Increase in Suicides Among Young Male Veterans

WASHINGTON — The suicide rate among male veterans under 30 has increased, according to a recent VA suicide data update. According to a VHA briefing, the rate of suicides among male veteran VHA users aged 18 to 24 jumped from… Read More

Army Announces Warrior Transition Unit Changes

WASHINGTON — With fewer wounded troops returning from war, the Army has announced that in the coming months it is inactivating five of 29 units designed to support seriously wounded, ill and injured troops. Known as Warrior Transition Units (WTUs),… Read More