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GAO: Applications for VHA Healthcare Benefits Frequently Mishandled

GAO: Applications for VHA Healthcare Benefits Frequently Mishandled

VHA does not have the right protocols in place to ensure applications for enrollment are processed in a timely manner or that enrollment determinations are accurate, according to a new report.

VA End-of-Life Care Push Increases Hospice Use Among Veterans

VA End-of-Life Care Push Increases Hospice Use Among Veterans

An intense effort by the VA to improve end-of-life care is paying off, with hospice use increasing more among veterans than nonveterans.

Paliperidone Palmitate Helps Some Schizophrenia Patients

Even though nearly half of all patients diagnosed with schizophrenia have a history of substance abuse (SA), data on treatment of schizophrenia with paliperidone palmitate (PP) among patients with comorbid SA have been limited.

How Do VA PCPs Respond to Insomnia Complaints?

Veterans have even higher rates of insomnia than other adults in the United States, and many seek treatment from their primary care physicians.

In-Person Cognitive Therapy Better for Insomnia

Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy appears to be an effective alternative to regular in-person meetings with a therapist for military personnel with insomnia, but it still is only about half as effective as traditional methods.

Biomarkers Different in Acute HF Patients With, Without Diabetes

How diabetes affects pathophysiological processes among patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is unclear, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.1

VSOs Are Helping to Speed Veteran Claim Processing

VSOs Are Helping to Speed Veteran Claim Processing

An initiative that promises faster processing of certain claims has now been made available at all VA regional offices, the agency announced last month.

VA Leads Nation in Addressing Healthcare Disparities

VA Leads Nation in Addressing Healthcare Disparities

Shifting demographics and commitment to creating an integrated network that combines community providers and VA facilities has propelled the agency into a leadership position in addressing the healthcare disparities that continue to cost lives and drive up medical expenses.

VA’s ‘Homegrown’ Mailing Processes Raise Drug Diversion Concerns

VA’s ‘Homegrown’ Mailing Processes Raise Drug Diversion Concerns

Citing unreliable mail data and even the potential for drug diversion, lawmakers admonished VA to do a better job overseeing its mail system.

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.