VA and the American Legion Express Concern About VA Staff Shortages

During a recent hearing by the House of Representatives Veterans Affairs (VA) Sub-Committee on Health, an American Legion Director spoke about the dangers of staff shortages among physician and medical specialists within the Veterans Health Administration. Similarly, the Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits.

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Innovations in Providing Care for Veterans

Recent innovations at the Veterans Health Administration are a result of the VHA’s efforts to implement new and creative methods to solve an array of health care challenges.  Technology innovations can help to deliver essential health care outside the confines of a doctor’s office.

See how the VHA is adapting to emerging health care needs via the informative links on this webpage:  http://bit.ly/2dtf6v7

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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.

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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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Veteran Groups to Commission: Fix, Don’t Dismantle the VA

The Federal Commission on Care is wrapping up its report to Congress on how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration for the next generation of veterans. With roughly two months left for the Commission to write its recommendations, several  veteran organizations met with commissioners recently to discuss the Commission’s work, but more importantly to convey what type of health system veterans want, need, and deserve.

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Developing Patient-Centered Care Strategies at the VA

The American Legion recently emphasized to Congress that the VA must develop a program to include a patient-centered care strategy which takes veterans’ unique medical injuries and illnesses as well as their travel and distance into account.  The VA Under Secretary for Health recently addressed actions underway to transform the Veterans Health Administration and move it into an integrated community care model.

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