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Opinion Poll June: Does VA bureaucracy keep staff psychiatrists from providing the best care?

Do you think VA facilities need to be closed for cost-saving reasons?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do you think VA facilities need to be closed for cost-saving reasons? Yes No Not Sure Current Results

Do you think VA physicians prescribe too many unnecessary antibiotics?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do you think VA physicians prescribe too many unnecessary antibiotics? Yes No Not Sure Current Results

VA Lags on Women’s Health; No Gynecologists at Some VAMCs

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — With 29% more women accessing VA healthcare in the past three years, the agency has a way to go to make sure it meets the needs of female veterans, advocates testified at recent congressional hearings.… Read More

VA Goal: Reducing Heart Failure Admissions 10% in Two Years

VA Goal: Reducing Heart Failure Admissions 10% in Two Years

The national readmission rate for veterans hospitalized with heart failure within 30 days is 20.87%, but the VA is working to ratchet that percentage down while still providing all necessary care for the patients. Key to the effort is the… Read More

VA Vows Improved Security in Wake of El Paso Shooting

VA Vows Improved Security in Wake of El Paso Shooting

WASHINGTON-VA Secretary Bob McDonald visited the El Paso Veterans Affairs clinic at Fort Bliss, TX, and vowed to improve security there after a shooting left two dead, including VA psychologist Timothy Fjordbak, 63. The shooter, who apparently killed himself, was identified  by the Federal Bureau of Investigation… Read More

Lifestyle Changes, New Drugs Promising Tools for COPD at DoD, VA

Lifestyle Changes, New Drugs Promising Tools for COPD at DoD, VA

SEATTLE — In pursuit of the twin goals of COPD treatment — maintaining maximum lung function and improving quality of life — military and VA clinicians customize a mix of therapies that range from recently approved medications to time-tested exercise.… Read More

VA Medical Facilities Earn “Top Performer” Distinction

WASHINGTON— The Joint Commission recently recognized 32 of VA’s 151 medical facilities as “top performers.” The “top performer” list is based on the organization’s annual review of the performance of Joint Commission accredited hospitals “in providing evidence-based interventions in the… Read More

Should pay-for-performance be used to improve healthcare quality at the VA?

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VA Meets Mental Health Peer Support Hiring Goal

WASHINGTON—The VA announced this week that it has hired 815 peer specialists and peer apprentices, exceeding a hiring goal for peer to peer counselors set in a 2012 presidential executive order that aims to expand mental health resources for veterans.… Read More

Did you or any of your co-workers leave or consider leaving DoD employment because of furloughs?

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Use of Bladder Antimuscarinics Questioned at VA Nursing Homes

LEXINGTON, KY — Should bladder antimuscarinics (BAMs) be used in elderly residents at VA Community Living Centers? That is the question presented by a recent study evaluating the risks and benefits of the drugs. The University of Kentucky-led authors concluded… Read More

New Defense Health Agency Will Streamline Military Functions

Maj. Gen. Douglas Robb, ND By Military Health System Communications Staff The Defense Department is grappling with many complex decisions as they transform a post-war military force. One of the more immediate actions the department is undertaking to shape the… Read More

DoD Announces Furloughs to End for Most Employees

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced that most of DoD’s civilians who have been placed on furloughs will return to work this week. Hagel explained that the basis of his decision is the Pay Our Military Act, which was… Read More

Federal Workers Face Furloughs

WASHINGTON—Thousands of federal workers were furloughed today after lawmakers were unable to agree on a spending bill for the federal government by Monday night. Calling it “one more blow to the morale of our civilian workers,” DoD Undersecretary of Defense… Read More