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Severe Side Effects Rare in Elderly Veterans Receiving High Dose Influenza Vaccine

Severe Side Effects Rare in Elderly Veterans Receiving High Dose Influenza Vaccine

Patients over the age of 65 face an increased risk of severe complications and death if they contract influenza.

Transgenders in Military Debate Preceded Surprise Trump Announcement

Transgenders in Military Debate Preceded Surprise Trump Announcement

President Donald Trump recently announced that he was reinstating a ban on transgenders in the military.

Barriers Fall for VA’s Ability to Provide Telehealth Across State Lines

Barriers Fall for VA’s Ability to Provide Telehealth Across State Lines

President Donald Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, announced three initiatives that will expand access to health care for Veterans across the country.

VA Makes Public List of Adverse Actions Against Employees

With persistent questions of accountability and transparency dogging VA in recent years, the agency became the first federal agency to post public information on disciplinary actions taken against employees.

House Legislation Seeks to Modernize Veterans Appeals Process

House Legislation Seeks to Modernize Veterans Appeals Process

A bill passed by the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support will modernize the veterans’ appeals process, supporters maintained.

Phoenix VA Partners With CVS MinuteClinic to Provide In-Pharmacy Healthcare

Phoenix VA Partners With CVS MinuteClinic to Provide In-Pharmacy Healthcare

When CVS Health became an authorized provider under the Veterans Choice Program, several VAMCs considered using the company’s retail medical clinic, MinuteClinic, to help relieve long waits and offer routine medical services nearer to veterans’ homes.

Accountability Office Will Play Role in Weeding Out Bad Staff

Accountability Office Will Play Role in Weeding Out Bad Staff

After years of partisan grappling over how best to increase accountability among VA employees, the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection was created through presidential executive order last month.

Little Warning of CKD Progression in Veterans Using Proton Pump Inhibitors

While renal symptoms are a known side effect of proton pump inhibitors, the assumption always has been that the drugs could be discontinued before any lasting damage was done.

Podiatry Bill Raises Issue of Who Is Physician at VA

Podiatry Bill Raises Issue of Who Is Physician at VA

Who should be considered a physician at the VA?

That question was discussed by lawmakers and advocacy groups in response to introduction of a recent bill that would revise current VA law to include podiatrists in the physician and dentist pay category.

VHA Compares Well to Other Health Systems for Patient Safety, Care Quality

VHA Compares Well to Other Health Systems for Patient Safety, Care Quality

Beginning last fall, VHA’s hospitals were included on the Hospital Compare website maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), allowing direct comparison with other, nonfederal facilities.

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.

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’ 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.”