Video Preview of VA’s New Online Tool for Health Care Access and Quality Info

For many Veterans, deciding when, where and how to receive medical care is often one of the most complex and challenging decisions of the health care process.  Health care performance, access or quality of care data, is very complicated – leaving many Veterans at a loss for the best course of action. To help, VA is launching a new website with an access and quality tool to help Veterans make more informed choices.

Watch a video preview of the new online tool:  http://bit.ly/2ow86Eo

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Health Care, Research and Benefits for Gulf War Veterans

The National Gulf War Resource Center, an advocacy group for Gulf War Veterans, spoke to VA Secretary Bob McDonald about health care, research and benefits for Gulf War Veterans. The following is Part One of the discussion, focusing on health care and research: http://bit.ly/2jpGmMP

Part Two focuses on benefits and VA’s accomplishments for Gulf War Veterans: http://bit.ly/2jdxuwB

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New Online Application for VA Health Care

In an effort to improve access to care, the VA has unveiled a new online application for veterans to receive health care.  The new application is for veterans who have not previously applied for VA health care, and requires nothing more than an internet connection and 15-45 minutes of a veteran’s time.

Read more:  http://bit.ly/2b2NDml

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Study Finds VA Care Equal to or Better Than Private Sector in Key Areas

A new study from the Rand Corporation examining the Department of Veterans’ Affairs health care system has found that the health care provided by the agency is equal to or better than its private sector counterparts in many key areas.  The study focused on the VA’s supply and demand capacity in the wake of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which provides veterans the opportunity to seek health care through private providers. Some areas remain a challenge, however.

Read More: http://bit.ly/2anidGy

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Vet Service Organizations Address Draft VA Health Care Legislation

Leaders of twenty-six veteran service organizations jointly sent a coordinated letter to the House of Representatives on pending draft legislation involving the VA Health Care system.   In addition to the principal addressee,  Congressional recipients included the House Speaker, House Majority and Minority Leaders, and key Veterans Affairs Committee Members.  The letter expresses “grave concerns” about consequences for millions of veterans who choose and rely on VA health care.

Read More: http://bit.ly/292a72Q

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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.

Read More: http://1.usa.gov/1V1TOAx

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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.

Read More: http://1.usa.gov/22YzLsQ

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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.

Read More: http://bit.ly/1Qit0gc

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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.

Read more at http://1.usa.gov/1PhaQMr and http://1.usa.gov/1RWeZ6q

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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.

Read More: http://1.usa.gov/1qBsthB and http://1.usa.gov/1KfC94S

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