American Legion Opposes Efforts to Privatize VA Health Care

American Legion representatives met with members of the VA’s Commission on Care recently to discuss what is described as a “strawman” plan suggesting the inception of a community care-based system for veterans.  The plan would shut down VA medical centers over time, sending veterans out into their local communities to receive all of their medical treatment.  Legion input emphasized that fixing the existing problems at the VA would be a better option than a complete overhaul and privatization of the system.

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New Tool Launches to Improve the VA Benefits Claim Appeals Process

Last summer, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals reached out to the Digital Service at VA to assess the disability claim appeals process. They found  antiquated technology, manual processes, and laws and policies in need of improvement.  As a result, the first of many tools that will begin to improve the processing of benefit claim appeals has been launched.  It’s called Caseflow Certification.

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VA Secretary and Deputy Secretary Update on the State of the VA

VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson recently updated the Commission on Care laying out the current state of VA and the transformation that is underway to deliver better customer service and results for America’s Veterans.

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New Military Health System Joint Outpatient Experience Survey

Later this year, the Military Health System will roll out a unified outpatient survey system – a single survey for all military treatment facilities across all services. The Joint Outpatient Experience Survey will combine and standardize long-standing methods used by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Health Agency/National Capital Region to learn about beneficiary health care experiences with the goal of making them better.

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List of Agent Orange Related Diseases May Expand

The VA is weighing whether to add several diseases to the list of health conditions presumed in Vietnam veterans to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange.  A  VA working group is studying a report issued in March by the Institute of Medicine to determine whether bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson’s-like symptoms should automatically make a Vietnam veteran eligible for VA disability benefits and health care.

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Free Webinar on the VA Claims Appeals Process

On Wednesday (Apr 20th), a free one-hour webinar will cover the VA claims appeals process.  Topics include what occurs at each stage of the process, common pitfalls and ways to avoid them, and how to get assistance and representation for your appeal.  The event is free and open to the public.  Although hosted by the Military Officer Association of America, it is open to officer and enlisted military personnel and veterans, and non-military personnel (e.g., caregivers).

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How VA is Working to Redesign the Appeals Process

The VA is proposing to overhaul the process by which veterans can appeal decisions on their benefits claims, to enhance its ability to meet the needs of the nearly 440,000 veterans with currently pending appeals.  Veterans agree that the time has come to fix VA’s appeals process.  VA is working with Congress to modernize the appeals process.

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TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line

The TRICARE Nurse advice line is available 24/7.  Eligible personnel can talk to a nurse who can (1) answer your urgent care questions, (2) give you health care advice, (3) help you find a doctor, and (4) schedule appointments at military hospitals and clinics.

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VA Home Based Primary Care

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a VA health care program provided to veterans in their home, veterans who have complex health care needs for whom routine clinic-based care is not effective.  To manage the complex health problems of chronically ill patients, HBPC is provided directly by an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals, occupational/physical therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and others.

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Military Health System – New Electronic Health Records

The new system to transform military health records will be called MHS GENESIS and will launch at the end of this year. To keep pace with medical advances and innovations in technology, the Electronic Health Record will  support the mission to provide high quality healthcare to beneficiaries, as well as an agile, responsive system for health professionals.

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