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Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Make Robert L. Wilkie the New VA Secretary

Robert L. Wilkie took office as the 10th VA Secretary after the U.S. Senate voted 86-9 to confirm him.

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VA secretary nominee promises opposition to healthcare privatization

VA Secretary nominee Robert L. Wilkie promised lawmakers he would not privatize VA healthcare if he is confirmed.

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House subcommittee pushes for burn pit exposure answers

The VA and its partners are pursuing research, including six major studies, to better understand the potential health effects of burn pit exposures.

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Despite Shulkin ouster, VA continues with VISN restructuring plans

Despite changes in leadership, VA is planning to move forward with restructuring efforts, including redesigning its VISN system.

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Bill to Streamline, Expand VA’s Choice Program Signed Into Law

Legislation that would streamline VA’s community care programs into one program and expand VA’s caregiver program to veterans of all eras was signed into law earlier this month..

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Legislation: Clinicians Must Be Involved in Formulary Design, Purchasing

Legislation to prevent VA from outsourcing creation of its drug formulary and to require more input from medical professions is being considered in Congress.

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GAO: VA Needs Better Planning for ‘Complex’ Appeals System Overhaul

Gene L. Dodaro became the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on December 22, 2010, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate. WASHINGTON... View Article

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VSOs Express Concerns About Making Caregiver Program More Restrictive

Draft legislation that would expand the Family Caregiver Program but make eligibility for the program more restrictive raised concerns for several veterans’ groups.

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VA Leaders: Capital Construction Funds Essential for Meeting Veteran Needs

WASHINGTON—VA’s 10-year capital construction plan calls for an investment of $53 billion to $65 billion over that timeframe; however, this year the agency is asking for only $2.8 billion. This has legislators alternately questioning whether... View Article

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Union Says Budget Proposal Increase Won’t Ease Strain on VA Medical Personnel

WASHINGTON, DC—Even though the overall 2012 budget request for VA includes $50.9 billion for medical care— a net increase of $240 million over the 2012 advance appropriations request of $50.6 billion in the 2011 budget—union... View Article

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While Most Central Line Bloodstream Infections Decline, Kidney Dialysis Bucks The Trend

WASHINGTON, DC—With a decline in the number of central line associate bloodstream infections in intensive care units, the focus is turning to an area where such infections are burgeoning – kidney dialysis clinics. The CDC... View Article

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Republican-Led VA Committee Sets Oversight Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC—At the top of the agenda for the 112th Congress’s House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC ) is stricter oversight of VA, something that the new Republican leader of the committee believes has been allowed... View Article

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New Law Creates National Plan to Combat Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON,DC—For the first time since federal research agencies began conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there is a national plan designed to focus those efforts. Last month, President Obama signed into law a bill creating... View Article

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FDA Looking to Impact Preventable Medication Harm

SILVER SPRING, MD—“Patient safety is the primary responsibility of everyone who is involved in the healthcare system.” That is the philosophy that underlies FDA’s Safe Use Initiative and what Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the... View Article

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AI/AN Communities Tackle Diabetes Through SDPI

WASHINGTON, DC—Established by Congress in 1997 to respond to the diabetes epidemic in Indian Country, the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) provides funding for diabetes treatment and prevention services for IHS, Tribal, and Urban... View Article

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Lack of Interagency Communication Impedes Veterans’ Care

WASHINGTON, DC—If the federal government wants to tackle the full range of after-effects of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, including providing fully for the nation’s veterans, it will need a substantial upheaval in communication... View Article

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Lifetime Cost of Treating Latest Generation of Veterans Higher than Predicted

WASHINGTON, DC—In March 2008, when federal officials were quoting a wide range of numbers when citing the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a book was published that calculated an estimated total price... View Article

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Federal Stem Cell Research Threatened By Court Case

WASHINGTON, DC—The federal government is taking every step possible to keep funding flowing to research projects involving the use of embryonic stem cells after a judge ordered a halt to such funding. On August 23,... View Article

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Health Reform Impacts Research Funding

BETHESDA, MD—While most of the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act‚ the 2,000 page health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama in March‚ is centered on ensuring all Americans have access to health... View Article

           

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