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January 2016

Does the VA need to change clinical guidelines to more safely treat veterans with opioids?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Does the VA need to change clinical guidelines to more safely treat veterans with opioids? Yes No Not SureCurrent Results

December 2015

Do you believe the quality of care provided by advanced practice providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants can be as good as that provided by physicians?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do you believe the quality of care provided by advanced practice providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants can be as good... View Article

November 2015

Do multiple maps and reporting lines adversely affect the VA’s ability to meet veterans’ needs?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do multiple maps and reporting lines adversely affect the VA’s ability to meet veterans’ needs? Yes No Not SureCurrent Results

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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 SureCurrent Results

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Do you agree with legislation to make it easier for VA management to take disciplinary action against physicians and other healthcare workers?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do you agree with legislation to make it easier for VA management to take disciplinary action against physicians and other healthcare workers? Yes... View Article

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Was it appropriate for senators to use a controversy about Agent Orange benefits to hold up the nomination of David Shulkin, MD, as VA Undersecretary of Health?

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Have you experienced or witnessed retaliation against anyone reporting unwanted sexual contact to military officials?

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Has the VA response improved in the last year to whistleblowers who uncover problems in healthcare facilities?

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Is VA leadership doing everything possible to promote use of VA Choice program?

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Will changing the VA maps simplify access to care for veterans?

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Can outside providers offer veterans the same quality mental healthcare as VA medical staff?

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Should the decision to bring charges against military sexual assault offenders be taken away from commanders and given to independent prosecutors?

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Will the appointment of chief customer service officer at the VA improve patient care?

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Do you think the VA will still exist as a separate healthcare system 50 years from now?

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If you had to do it again, would you work at the VA or DoD?

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Have you seen any changes in the way the VA operates since Robert McDonald became the new secretary?

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Have you ever faced retaliation for raising quality-of-care issues at either the VA or DoD?

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As a clinician at the VA, have you felt constrained in the past about speaking up about patient care cases?

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Should non-medical military and veteran caregivers be more involved in treatment decisions?

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Who do you fault mostly fault for the current problems at VA medical facilities?

President Obama Eric Shinseki and VA Administration Local VA Hospitals I believe the problems are not as bad as reported in the national media outlets None of the above/Don’t know Current Results

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Are care delays at VA facilities creating additional morbidity and mortality for veterans?

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Does the VA now provide enough specialized care for female veterans?

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Does the military need more consistent and effective procedures for getting mild traumatic brain injury patients back to activity?

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Do recent reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice go far enough to address sexual assault in the military?

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Should the VA standardize practice across all facilities for nurses with advanced training?

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VA Will Introduce Productivity Models for Five MD Specialties This Year

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Does VA have an appropriate number of specialty physicians to meet patient-care needs? What is your opinion? Yes No Undecided Current Results

Bureau of Prisons

Outreach and Communication Key to Fighting Vet Homelessness

WASHINGTON, DC—When VA Secretary Eric Shinseki took his post nearly two years ago, he learned that veterans lead the nation in homelessness, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. “It was like a punch in the gut,”... View Article

Battlefield Medicine

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

October 2010

Editorial: The Illusion of Communication

I recently returned to work from a week of fly fishing for bass (Yes, I tie my own flies.) and water sports with my family in Maine. My wife’s family has maintained a classic Maine... View Article

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