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VA Clinicians Might Be Switching Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients to Biologics Too Quickly

The development of multiple biologic agents for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in recent years has given patients and clinicians more options for therapy.

December 15, 2017

Rare Lymphoma Challenges VA Clinicians from Diagnosis to Treatment

An estimated 5-10% of all cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) diagnosed each year occurs in veterans treated by the VA. The cancer, classified as presumptively caused by Agent Orange exposure, is notoriously difficult to diagnose and... View Article

May 21, 2014
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Study: VA Clinicians Should Consider Antibiotic Risks Before Prescribing

By Brenda L. Mooney COLUMBIA, SC — Veterans prescribed amoxicillin over a nearly 13-year period were less likely to be diagnosed with potentially fatal heart rhythms than those using either azithromycin or levofloxacin, according to... View Article

April 2, 2014

VA Clinicians Optimistic about Effectiveness of New HCV Drugs

By Annette M. Boyle David Ross, MD, PhD WASHINGTON — New therapies for hepatitis C (HCV) are pouring out of the pharmaceutical pipeline and promising effective treatment with fewer side effects for many of the... View Article

December 5, 2013

Conference Cancellations Push DoD, VA Clinicians to Find Other CME Sources

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — With stricter oversight of government conference spending, medical and pharmacy components within DoD and VA are working to ensure providers are still getting their necessary continuing medical education. “In response... View Article

November 6, 2013

Mobile Devices Make EHR Functionality More Portable for VA Clinicians

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — The past few years have seen a revolution in personal technology. Smartphones and tablet computers have made all the functions of the personal computer and the Internet completely portable and... View Article

July 12, 2012

VA Reduces Email Burden for Clinicians to Allow More Time, Focus on Patients

By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON—Concerned about how much time clinicians spend reading and responding to emails, the VA is changing its messaging system so that more of their focus can be on patient care. The... View Article

January 12, 2018
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VA Is Struggling to Hire Enough Mental Health Clinicians by Year’s End

VA is falling short on its goals to hire more mental health professionals by the end of this year, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told legislators at a recent Senate hearing on suicide prevention.

November 9, 2017

Characteristics of Clinicians Most Likely to Prescribe Testosterone at VA

Testosterone prescribing at the VHA has followed national trends and increased substantially over the last decade.

October 7, 2017
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CDC Opioid Guidelines Could Cause Problems for VA Patients, Clinicians

VA clinicians and their patients might find themselves in a difficult position related to proposed opioid prescribing guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

February 6, 2016

Clinicians Can Play Critical Role in Getting VA Care Back on Track

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – As a general internist at the Boston VA, Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, believes that the voices of VA physicians are of critical importance in shaping veterans’ care in the future. “Now that... View Article

July 8, 2014
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VA, Army Clinicians Rapidly Increase Prescribing of Novel Anticoagulants

WASHINGTON — Use of novel anticoagulants has risen sharply both at the VA and in the Army in the last three years, freeing more atrial fibrillation patients from food restrictions and regular checks for coagulation time, as required when using warfarin.

February 5, 2014
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VA Study: Anemia Often Overlooked in IBD Patients

HOUSTON—Anemia is a common complication of inflammatory bowel disease, and existing guidelines urge vigilance for the condition. Yet, according to a study in Digestive Diseases & Sciences, it is frequently undertreated, resulting in the prevalence... View Article

June 26, 2019

New Trial Looks at Cabozantinib Combo for First Line Advanced HCC Therapy

CHICAGO—No healthcare system has been more affected by the dramatic rise in hepatocellular carcinoma than the VA. In 2000, the VA had 1,361 patients diagnosed with the disease. By 2005, the number of veterans diagnosed... View Article

June 4, 2019

VA Creates Highly Accurate Model for Predicting Lung Cancer Survival

CHICAGO—The profusion of data available through electronic health records and genomic analyses can guide lung cancer treatment—if clinicians can access key points quickly enough. Researchers at the Boston VAMC and their colleagues found a way... View Article

June 3, 2019

VA Researchers Identify Likely Subsequent Health Risks for Cancer Patients

CHICAGO—VA researchers have mapped the most common subsequent diagnoses for veterans diagnosed with several common cancers, allowing clinicians to better personalize care and focus prevention efforts. The study, which enabled creation of a network graph... View Article

June 1, 2019

VA Continues to Grapple with Reducing Mortality, Disability in MS Patients

A new study looks at factors to improve survival rates in veterans with multiple sclerosis. VA’s efforts don’t stop there, however. The healthcare system has a multipronged effort to reduce disability and improve quality of... View Article

May 24, 2019

Treating Type 2 Diabetes to Improve Cardiovascular Health

Because of their cardiovascular protective effects, SGLT2 inhibitors have been a game-changer in Type 2 diabetes treatment. That is especially the case, now that the FDA has approved a new indication for canagliflozin to reduce... View Article

May 24, 2019

While Screening More for Lung Cancer, VA Grapples with Getting Veterans to Follow Up

With veterans at generally higher risk of lung cancer for a variety of reasons, the VA is seeking to catch cases earlier by instituting widespread screening. The healthcare system is facing a difficult challenge, however:... View Article

May 24, 2019

Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections On the Increase in VA’s COPD Patients

Inhaled Steroids a Factor Veterans with COPD have been hit hard by an increase in nontuberculous mycobacteria infections. Researchers suggest that treatment with inhaled steroids appears to play a role in the rising rates, but... View Article

May 24, 2019