New Online Application for VA Health Care

In an effort to improve access to care, the VA has unveiled a new online application for veterans to receive health care.  The new application is for veterans who have not previously applied for VA health care, and requires nothing more than an internet connection and 15-45 minutes of a veteran’s time.

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Court Ruling Could Result in VA Paying Emergency Health Service Claims

More than 2 million claims for private sector emergency health care services provided to VA-enrolled veterans since February 2010 could be eligible for reimbursement if a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is allowed to stand.  Vets would be repaid what their personal costs were for the emergency care.  However, the VA has until September 20th to appeal the decision, and is expected to do so.

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VA Patient Centered Care: Advancing Complementary and Integrative Health

Across the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been expanding complementary and integrative health (CIH) treatments for Veterans in recent years.  CIH treatments promote self-healing and complement traditional medical approaches to support Veterans on their path to health and well-being.  Veterans have described how integrative health tools and techniques helped enhance their lives.

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Benefits of an Integrated Health Record

Military Health System’s MHS GENESIS, the integrated electronic health record (EHR), is designed to help improve the quality of care provided to active duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

Read more about some of the key benefits that MHS GENESIS will provide: http://bit.ly/2bgjGKr

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New Regional TRICARE Contracts

New regional TRICARE contracts were recently awarded for future management of the TRICARE Eastern and Western regions.  Improvements in delivery, quality and cost of healthcare for military personnel and veterans is anticipated.  However, several companies not awarded the contracts are protesting, seeking changes by the Government Accounting Office (GAO).

Read more: http://bit.ly/2bluf1W and http://bit.ly/2bsPzQU

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Agent Orange Newsletter – Summer 2016

Key information for Agent Orange Veterans and their families is available in the Summer 2016 edition of the Agent Orange Newsletter.

Veterans and their families is available in the Summer 2016 edition of the Agent Orange Newsletter.  Read more about exposures, health effects, disability claims and more: http://bit.ly/2aL41D1

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Million Veteran Program is Now the Largest Genomic Data Base in the World

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Million Veteran Program (MVP) reached an important milestone when a Veteran recently became the 500,000th  individual to voluntarily enroll in the research database program – making MVP the largest genomic database in the world.  Research using MVP data is underway, and includes vets with a diagnosis of cancer.

Read more, including how to participate: http://bit.ly/2aGRU9B

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VA Director Reviews VA Achievements and Future Improvement Opportunities

VA Secretary McDonald looks back on two years of successes and future opportunities to improve services for veterans.  As he states: “We and our Veteran Service Organization partners know that the best place for Veterans to receive care is at VA, and we are working to make that care as accessible as ever through same day access, telemedicine, increased clinical space, and on and on as part of our MyVA Transformation.”

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VA Health System Survey Results Released

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released results of The Joint Commission Special Focused Surveys on VA health care facilities. The Joint Commission conducted unannounced, focused surveys at 139 medical facilities and 47 community-based outpatient clinics across the country to measure progress on VA access to care, quality improvements and best practices across the system.

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VA Secretary Tells VFW Convention Transformation is Underway

In addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention, VA Secretary McDonald highlighted the progress VA is making on transforming the department to better serve Veterans.

View his comprehensive and informative presentation:

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