Advantages of VA Home Based Care

Home based primary care, pioneered in the VA system in the mid-1970s, started with a few major centers. Today it has expanded to about 150 programs at VA centers around the country. It is designed to take care of patients with serious chronic illnesses for whom routine clinic-based care is difficult to get due to geographic barriers or severe physical disability.

Read more about VA core services that can be provided to vets in their homes: http://bit.ly/1SQw1so

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Status of Military and VA Health Record Sharing

Military and Veterans Affairs officials are years away from fully sharing patient health records, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.  But Defense Department officials said they’re confident the two bureaucracies will reach that goal in the next two years, citing recent improvements to the system and planned advances in coming years.

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Pro and Con Debate on VA’s Independent APRN Proposal

Recently, Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a proposed rule that would grant full medical practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) when they are practicing within the scope of their employment, education and certification.  VA believes that the regulation would help address staffing shortages, increase access to care for veterans, and reduce their wait times for appointments.  VA solicited comments on the proposed rule, and thousands have been received.  Significant differences have been noted in comments for and against the proposal.

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VA Schedules Two Million Appointments Using Veterans Choice Program

VA’s Veterans Choice Program has reached a key milestone in improving access to health care for Veterans. More than two million appointments have been scheduled through the program.  “While two million appointments have been scheduled using the Choice Program and we are making progress, we will not rest until all Veterans who choose VA to be their healthcare provider are receiving the care they need, when they need it,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald.

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VA Studies of Agent Orange Effects on Vets and Their Children

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its efforts to determine how Vietnam veterans and their children have been affected by exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange.

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Cancer Moonshot Summit Includes Initiatives Involving Veterans

At the recent Cancer Moonshot Summit, Vice President Biden announced new actions to accelerate progress in the fight against Cancer.  Included among the many initiatives are actions to help in “Harnessing Big Data to Transform Veteran Health through Precision Medicine”.

Read about these initiatives and many more in the detailed White House Fact Sheet about cancer initiatives:

http://bit.ly/29o88EV

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Veterans Affairs Commission on Care Report

A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Commission on Care has called for a significant overhaul of the Veterans Health Administration, to include the expansion of private care options, but stopped short of recommending the complete privatization of the entire health network.

Read more about the report and comments on it by two key veteran organizations, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars:

http://bit.ly/29AugAd , http://bit.ly/29BKSas , AND http://bit.ly/29oYTU4 .

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Military and VA Health Systems Work Together to Help Vets

The Military Health System (MHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are cooperating more closely than ever.  Focusing initially on wounded warriors, the goal is to streamline the system to make sure vets, service members and their families are well served as the population ages.  The past year has seen significant strides enabling MHS and VA care coordinators to more seamlessly collaborate and share information to align care.

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Precision Medicine To Help 10,000 Veterans With Cancer

At Vice President Biden’s recent National Cancer Moonshot Summit, a public-private partnership was announced to help doctors expand access to precision medicine over the next two years for 10,000 American veterans with cancer.  Genomics technology will be used to help identify precision treatment options for veterans.

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Debate on Privatization of the Veterans Health Care System

The Federal Commission on Care, set up to study the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care, is to present its final report soon.  A principal factor is whether privatization of VA health care would improve the system or undermine it.  An ongoing debate highlights the key issues.

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