Email Alert: 17 September 2014: The VA Plans to Reduce the Number of Websites for Veterans Care

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said he plans to launch a new digital services team to help winnow down its numerous websites as part of a plan to improve the services VA delivers to Veterans.  During a press conference, he decried the large number of often confusing websites the agency currently operates and said the website winnowing would take place between now and November.  “Right now, if you go to any Veterans Affairs website, you’ll find that there are 14 different websites that …

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Email Alert: 15 September 2014 – September 25th Webinar to Discuss TRICARE For Life

TRICARE and Military OneSource are co-hosting a webinar to educate TRICARE beneficiaries about the TRICARE For Life health plan and how it works with Medicare. The webinar will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, from 1-2 p.m. EST. Registration for the previous such webinar scheduled for September 3rd reached maximum capacity early.

Go to this link to register for the Webinar: http://1.usa.gov/1BGdP8H

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Email Alert: 12 September – Medicare/Tricare for Life options if your doctor no longer accepts Medicare

As a Medicare/Tricare for Life (TFL) enrollee, what happens if you are notified your doctor no longer accepts Medicare coverage?  You can ask family or friends where they go. You can do a www.Medicare.gov search for  other Medicare providers in your area. You can start calling doctors in your neighborhood. Or your doctor may offer the option of enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1w82OwC

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Email Alert: 8 Septemeber 2014 – VA Building on MyHealtheVet website success with new mobile applications

Veterans soon will be able to pull up their medical records on their smartphones or tablet computers. The Veterans Affairs Department will launch several mobile applications in the coming months to further the use of telehealth at its facilities across the country.  Both of these apps are expected to be available by mid-fall through an app store run by VA.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1tEQmU1

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Email Alert: 5 September 2014 – Veteran Disability Compensation – Potential Ways to Monitor and Control

This Stars and Stripes article amplifies info in a prior Alert on the recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on veterans disability compensation.  The CBO suggests three options to alter policies for identifying service-connected conditions and to conduct long-term monitoring of disability ratings.   One option would impose a time limit on filing initial claims.  Another would require more reexaminations of vets with disability ratings to track changes and adjust ratings.  A third option would change the standard for presumptively associating medical conditions with certain hazardous exposures.  Additional options to control …

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Email Alert: 1 September, 2014 – VA Secretary Announces Effort to Recruit Medical Professionals

Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald launched a recruiting initiative aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which will ultimately expand access to care for Veterans.  VA reports it is taking multiple steps to expand capacity at their facilities, to provide Veterans the timely care they have earned and deserve.

Read more: http://1.usa.gov/1qPSKou

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Email Alert: 29 August, 2014 – Veterans Administration Moves to Replace Scheduling System

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it is poised to solicit bids from companies who can offer a “cutting-edge” replacement for the agency’s “antiquated” appointment scheduling system.  The move comes as the VA prepares to unveil a host of sweeping changes meant to speed care to veterans.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1teTdmv

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Email Alert: 25 August 2014 – New TRICARE Website is Easier to Use

TRICARE.mil has unveiled a new website designed to give TRICARE’s 9.6 million beneficiaries clear and easy access to benefit information.   The new design is the result of an ongoing review about what beneficiaries are looking for when they visit TRICARE.mil.

Read more at:  http://1.usa.gov/1vFDuLo

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Email Alert: 22 August 2014 – VA Disability Spending Rose as Veteran Population Dropped

While the total veterans’ population declined, the number of veterans receiving disability compensation rose to 3.5 million from 2.5 million between 2000 and 2013 – a 55 percent  increase.

Read more at:  http://www.fedweek.com/item-view.php?tbl=4&ID=4133

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Email Alert: 20 August 2014 – GAO Recommends Ending U.S. Family Health Program Benefit

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommends eliminating the U.S. Family Health Program (USFHP) benefit, citing duplicate services and unnecessary costs.  The USFHP provides managed health care (TRICARE Prime) for military beneficiaries in six geographic areas using a patient-centered model of enhanced access.

Read more at: http://www.moaa.org/Main_Menu/Take_Action/Top_Issues/Serving_in_Uniform/Health_Care/GAO_Report__Eliminate_USFHP.html

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