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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

VA Announces Commission to Seek Next VHA Undersecretary for Health

WASHINGTON—The VA announced that it is convening a commission to recommend candidates to President Obama for appointment of the next VHA Undersecretary for Health. Dr. Robert A. Petzel, the current VHA undersecretary, is set to retire in 2014. “I am… Read More

Committee Chairman Seeks Gunman’s VA Records

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other officials laid a wreath at the U.S. Navy Memorial today to honor the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. The rampage, which resulted in the death of 13 workers at the Navy… Read More

Do you think the DoD will continue with civilian employee furloughs in the next fiscal year or will they find other ways to cut costs?

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DoD Announces New Initiatives to Combat Sexual Assaults

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced several new initiatives designed to strengthen support for military victims of sexual assault. Among those initiatives include the creation of a legal advocacy program in each military service to provide legal representation to sexual… Read More

DoD Reduces Furlough Days

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that civilian furloughs will be reduced from 11 to 6 days.   In a written statement, Hagel explained that the reduction in days is a result of savings and a large reprogramming proposal DoD… Read More

Is VA adequately prepared to offer necessary care for servicemembers with TBI and PTSD over the long term?

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VA Named on ‘Most Wired’ Hospitals List

WASHINGTON—VA, representing its 152 facilities, was recently recognized on the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The annual survey was released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American… Read More

Hagel Warns of Impact of DoD Funding Cuts in FY 2014

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned DoD employees during recent townhall meetings to brace for the likelihood of sequestration in FY 2014. “And as we roll into fiscal year 2014, which begins October 1st, we now have continued the very… Read More

VA Announces ‘Milestone’ In Digitizing Disability Claims

WASHINGTON—VA announced this week that over 30% of the current disability claims inventory is now digital and accessible to claim raters in VA’s electronic claims processing system. Calling it a “milestone,” VA said in a written statement that this effort… Read More