Email Alert: 29 Sept. 2014 – VA to unveil new standardized disability claims forms

The Veterans Affairs Department is introducing new, standardized disability claims forms that officials say will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they’re seeking from the VA and provide the right information to process their claims and appeals.

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Email Alert: 24 Sept. 2014 – VA to boost salaries to attract new doctors

The Veterans Affairs Department said Wednesday that it will boost the maximum salaries for incoming physicians and dentists as part of VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s push to hire an estimated 28,000 health-care providers to handle the backlog of veterans who need care.

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Email Alert: 22 Sept. 2014 – House clears increase in veterans’ disability payments

The House cleared legislation to increase compensation benefits for veterans with disabilities.  The bill would hike veterans’ disability compensation starting on Dec. 1 so that the cost-of-living increase would match the rate of Social Security benefits.  The Senate passed the measure last week by unanimous consent, and it now heads to President Obama for his signature

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Email Alert: 19 September – The VFW’s Report on the State of VA Healthcare – September 2014

In early May, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) reintroduced its national helpline, asking veterans to call and share their healthcare experiences.  The VFW sorted through all of the information gathered over the summer to develop a detailed report in which they identify national trends in VA care; develop a comprehensive analysis of the health care situation for today’s veterans; and outline specific policy recommendations for the VA health care system.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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