Veterans Health Administration Telemedicine Initiative

In this article, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) describes its Telemedicine initiative and encourages doctors, nurses and information technology professionals to join the VHA and help deliver health care via the improved online methods.  Telemedicine involves the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using advanced telecommunications technology.

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Electronic Processing Improves Veterans Experience

The Veterans Benefit Administration has transitioned from a paper-based claims process to an electronic processing environment, moving from handling thousands of tons of paper each year to processing nearly 100 percent of disability compensation claims electronically. The backlog of claims has been significantly reduced, and the average time it takes to complete a claim is now 124 days.  More improvements are on the way.

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Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Benefit Approval Process

An examination of recent cases illustrates how considerations of liability, responsibility, and evolving scientific evidence weigh into VA deliberations regarding approval of Agent Orange benefits for vets.  VA staff doing research on Agent Orange exposures for benefit approval include potential cost and other factors in addition to scientific evidence in their recommendations to VA Secretary McDonald. Vet advocates maintain that scientific evidence documenting exposure should be the only factor involved.

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Million Veteran Program

The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a national, voluntary research program funded entirely by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development. The goal of MVP is to partner with veterans receiving their care in the VA Healthcare System to study how genes affect health.  Data collected from MVP will be stored anonymously for research on diseases like diabetes and cancer, and military-related illnesses.  Participating vets can help support VA medical researchers and contribute to better understanding of and effective treatments for veteran …

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TRICARE Patients and Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that help find ways to prevent, diagnose or treat illnesses and improve health care.  TRICARE covers participation in National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored studies for all beneficiaries who are selected to participate.

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VA Health Administration Announces Plan for New Model of Care

VA’s goal is to ensure the Veterans Health Administration is the nation’s most efficient and high-performing medical network for both its patients and its employees.  Recently, the VA Under Secretary for Health discussed the steps VA is taking to achieve this goal.

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Disabled American Veterans on Health Care Reform

Operation Keep the Promise is an effort by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to inform and mobilize supporters regarding the legislative agenda on veterans health care reform.  DAV encourages veterans to take a closer look at the various proposals and how some reform ideas would affect vets who choose and rely on VA for their care.

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Military Medical Researchers Continue to Forge Ahead on Cancer Research

Within the Military Health System, there is a longstanding commitment to science studying the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  At a recent meeting, military medical researchers came together to share the scope of their work as well as to update colleagues on their recent successes and challenges for the future.  Expanding knowledge of cancer prevention, treatment and rehabilitation will continue to be a priority for the Military Health System as researchers continue to build on achievements already made.

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Documentary on Atomic Veterans’ Toxic Exposures

A new documentary highlights the service of thousands U.S. troops who participated in nuclear weapons testing from 1946 to 1968.  It’s the result of a year-long project to spotlight a forgotten group of veterans and call attention to their ongoing fight for recognition as well as disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Many have had to fight for health care benefits to treat illnesses they believe are related to ionizing radiation exposure.

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Key Information for Military Health System Patients

This Military Health System (MHS) webpage shows  information on the status of the MHS Transparency Initiative.  It includes data files showing how the MHS scores on measures for patient safety, healthcare outcomes, quality of care, patient satisfaction and access to care. It also includes an option for patients to provide feedback on how they are doing and how the program might be improved.

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