Tag Archives: Veterans Affairs Department

VA to Expand Health Clinic Capacity, Tap Private Centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will expand the capacity of some clinic and open centers in private health facilities as part of efforts to ensure timely care for veterans, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Josh Hicks writes the VA plans to contact veterans on a waiting list three times, schedule earlier …

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Veterans Affairs Refreshes Health ID Cards

The Veterans Affairs Department is set to begin distribution of new health identification cards to nearly four million veterans and family members. The cards will display a unique electronic identifier number printed on the front and embedded in the magnetic strip as a means of identification, The American Legion said …

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Senate to Vote on Veteran Benefits Reform Bill

The Senate is set to decide on legislation that would extend various veteran privileges and create new benefits for former military service members, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jared Serbu writes the 400-page legislation, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is intended to revoke a provision of the Ryan-Murray budget …

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Pentagon, VA Work Toward Interoperable EHRs; Theresa Cullen Comments

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have jointly created the VistA Evolution software program that works to help users share electronic health records, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Michael O’Connell writes Theresa Cullen, the Veterans Health Administration’s chief medical informatics officer, told the radio station in an interview that …

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Christopher Miller: Pentagon Wants Competition for Health Record Modernization Project

Christopher Miller, acting director of the Interagency Program Office, said Wednesday the Defense Department intends to launch a competitive acquisition process for its electronic medical records system modernization project, the American Forces Press Service reported Thursday. Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. writes Miller described the Pentagon’s partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make …

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VA Closing in on 1 Million Backlogged Compensation Claims

Officials from the Veterans Affairs Department reveal that the rising volume of complex claims from new veterans is a major factor in the large backlog of compensation and pension claims, reports Rick Maze for Federal times. Currently, there are 866,928 backlogged claims at VA’s regional offices. The agency shared that …

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VA, EPA Promoting Water Industry Careers For Vets

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to connect veterans with disabilities to water and wastewater sector career opportunities, the EPA and VA announced Wednesday. State and local VA counselors will work with the EPA and the VA’s vocational rehabilitation and employment program to promote …

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GAO: Little Progress Made on Duplicative Federal Programs

The Government Accountability Office says many federal government programs contain duplicative and overlapping projects and have not made progress for program efficiencies. The report released Tuesday cites several agency practices which are areas of interest for the White House‘s plan to consolidate agencies and functions. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said …

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