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Advocates Square Off Against VA on Women’s Veterans Task Force’s Role

WASHINGTON—It’s been nearly six months since the House VA Committee launched its bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, and the result is a legislative docket filled with bills geared toward ensuring VA has the resources it... View Article

October 16, 2019

VBA Improves Oversight of Outside Contractors But Some Gaps Remain

WASHINGTON—Nearly a year after a Government Accountability Office report revealed that the Veterans’ Benefit Administration had been unable to track the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of the outside contractors hired to conduct compensation and pension... View Article

October 15, 2019

Pharmacist Medication Management Helps Diabetic Veterans, Physicians

HINES, IL—Older age, obesity and Agent Orange exposure create a trifecta of diabetes risk for the VA. Nearly 25% of veterans have diabetes, making efficient and effective management of their care a top concern for... View Article

October 15, 2019

Service Factors Affecting Pain Reports in Gulf War Veterans

SAN DIEGO—Headaches and other type of pain are frequent complaints among veterans of Gulf War I (1990-91) and Post-Gulf War I (1992-2015), according to a new study. An article in SAGE Open Med sought to... View Article

October 15, 2019

Menopausal Symptoms Increase Long-Term Opioid Use Risk

SAN FRANCISCO—Unrecognized by many in healthcare is that the greatest increases in long-term opioid use and opioid-related overdose mortality in recent years have been among women in midlife, according to a new study. The article... View Article

October 15, 2019

Best Pain Rating Scales for Cognitively Impaired Veterans

RICHMOND, VA—Cognitive-behavioral impairment can be intensified by pain in traumatic brain injury patients and impede rehabilitation efforts, according to a new study. While multiple self-report pain assessment tools are proven reliable in cognitively intact adults... View Article

October 15, 2019

Effective Metrics Help VA Exceed National Goal for Colorectal Cancer Screening

More Than 80% of Patients Meet Recommendations LOS ANGELES—More than four out of five veterans eligible for colorectal cancer screening have been screened, putting the largest healthcare system in the United States among the top... View Article

October 15, 2019
Pancreatic Cancer

More Options, Better Survival for Veterans With Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

ALBANY, NY—Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest malignancies in the United States, but new therapies can extend life and improve quality of life for many patients. That is especially the case at the VA,... View Article

October 15, 2019

Seeing Combat Can Make Aging More Difficult for Veterans

PORTLAND, OR—Being exposed to combat makes a significant difference in how military veterans fare during aging, according to a new study, which also found that the experience increases the risk for depression and anxiety later... View Article

October 15, 2019

Cardiologist Visits Increase Statin Use at VA

HOUSTON—Statin use remains suboptimal in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to a VA study trying to find out why. Michael E. DeBakey VAMC researchers and colleagues assessed whether outpatient care with a cardiology provider... View Article

October 15, 2019

VA TAVR Results Comparable to Outside Care

RALEIGH, NC—How do veterans fare when they undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement with the VA? That was the question asked by a study which sought to examine their association with short- and long-term mortality, length... View Article

October 15, 2019

Sacubitril/Valsartan Underused in VA Heart Failure Patients

LOS ANGELES—A preponderance of evidence supports the use of sacubitril/valsartan, the first angiotensin II receptor blocker-neprilysin inhibitor-for mortality reduction in patients with heart failure, but the medication remains underprescribed, according to new research.. The objective... View Article

October 15, 2019

Top VISN 7 Officials Removed After Cancer Patient Attacked by Insects

Elderly AF Veteran Had More Than 100 Ant Bites Before Death ATLANTA—Nine VA employees, including the VISN 7 director and chief medical officer, have been reassigned following reports that an elderly patient at the Atlanta... View Article

October 15, 2019

Surgeon Recognized Need for Better Battlefield Care of Orthopedic Injuries

SAN DIEGO—During his first deployment as part of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Dana Covey, MD, noticed a gap between the injuries that were occurring on the battlefield and the ones that forward surgical teams... View Article

October 15, 2019

Women, Chronically Ill Veterans Value Veterans Choice Access Most

HINES, IL—Women and veterans with multiple comorbidities used and valued the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) more than other veterans, according to recent research by the VA.1 To help these veterans and others, the VA has... View Article

October 9, 2019

New Comprehensive VA/DoD Guideline Seeks to Stem Tide of Suicides

Servicemembers, Veterans Take Their Own Lives at Higher Rates WASHINGTON—In recent decades, suicide rates have soared in the United States, increasing 25% from 1999 to 2016. The issue has been especially acute among military servicemembers... View Article

October 9, 2019

VA Facing Critical Healthcare Staffing Shortages in Near Future

Replacing Retirees Hampered by Lower Salaries WASHINGTON—Oversight agencies are sounding the alarm that VA is plagued with large staffing shortages in critical areas, including physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, psychologists and physical therapists, as well... View Article

October 9, 2019

“I told you so”

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

October 9, 2019

VA Leads Nation in Quality Assessment of Radiation Oncology for Prostate Cancer

RICHMOND, VA — A study on the VA’s pioneering use of quality metrics in radiation oncology for prostate cancer went into this month’s 2019 American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago preselected as... View Article

October 2, 2019

Better Imaging and Testing at VA Improves Risk Classification in Prostate Cancer

NEW YORK — National guidelines recommend conservative management for men with low-risk prostate cancer, but concern about misclassification and other issues could lead patients and physicians to pursue treatment. Recent in diagnosis and monitoring at... View Article

October 2, 2019