VA hospitals outperform private hospitals in most markets, according to Dartmouth study

According to an independent Dartmouth study recently published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals outperform private hospitals in most health care markets throughout the country.

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VA ranked 6 out of 18 federal government agencies in ‘Best Places to Work' annual tabulation

Today the Partnership for Public Service's ranked VA 6th among the 17 largest federal government organizations in 2018 in the organization's annual ‘Best Places to Work' tabulation.

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VA selects 10 Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry for special funding

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is funding 10 VA Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry (PSCI) over the next three years (2019-2021) to develop innovations to improve patient safety throughout VA.

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VA updates disability rating schedule related to hematologic and lymphatic systems

WASHINGTON - Effective Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems.

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VA announces new Veterans Health Application Programming Interface

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched its first Health Application Programming Interface (API) that will power the next generation of Blue Button features by enabling Veterans to interact with their own personal health data within...

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VA hosts national telehealth summit to increase health care access for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting the Anywhere to Anywhere, Together Summit at the United States Institute of Peace with the nation's top industry, government and non-profit leaders to increase connectivity and access to...

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie – Statement on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

'All of America's veterans are saddened by the passing of President George H. W. Bush. His courage in combat was special even during the war in the Pacific, where our forces demonstrated some of the highest levels of valor and...

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VA announces fully capable Tele-counseling service within its Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) announced the ability for Veterans nationwide to meet with more than 1,000 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) via 'Tele-counseling,' or virtual communication.

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Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments

To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that each and every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole - retroactively if need be - for their housing benefits for this academic year based on...

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VA Benefits Chief: "Every Single Veteran Will Be Made Whole"

Today, during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, VA Under Secretary for Benefits Paul Lawrence delivered the following statement: Before I get into my opening statement on the subject of...

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Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Payment Rates Update

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced key changes in the processing of GI Bill benefits payments under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)

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VA seeks public comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, as amended by VA MISSION Act of 2018

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will accept public comments for 15 days on how to implement certain changes to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) required by the VA MISSION...

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VA Marks 15th Anniversary of My HealtheVet

This month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating the 15th anniversary of My HealtheVet, an online patient portal created to empower Veterans to become active participants in their health care.

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VA's Office of Transition and Economic Development engages Puerto Rico's Veteran community

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently hosted and participated in a series of partnership events in Puerto Rico to advance the economic success of service members, Veterans and families living on the island.

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VA hosts music therapy retreat in Nashville to help Veterans heal

WASHINGTON - Aimed at helping former service members process some of their military experiences, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the nonprofit Operation Song launched the first of a series of national music therapy retreats Nov. 14-17 in...

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VA researchers named to TIME Magazine's list of 50 most influential people in health care

WASHINGTON - Two research scientists with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently named to TIME Magazine's list of the 50 most influential people in health care in 2018.

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VA's Benefits Delivery at Discharge program improves service to Veterans

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program has made significant improvements in disability claim processing over the past year, with most service members who submitted claims through the program receiving decisions within 30...

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VA realigns several program offices to improve efficiency in meeting Veterans' health care needs

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) modernization efforts to improve efficiency in care coordination for Veterans and meet a presidential executive order for reorganizing the executive branch, VA plans to realign several programs within...

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VA takes key step to improve its website to provide Veterans an enhanced digital customer experience

WASHINGTON - This week the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a key step in its digital modernization effort by revamping its website accessed by 10 million customers per month who use VA's tools and content online.

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VA returns medical professionals currently serving unions to serving Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will be moving nearly 430 medical professionals from taxpayer-funded union work back to health care jobs serving Veterans.

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VA scientists elected as National Academy of Medicine members for outstanding professional achievement, commitment to service

WASHINGTON -Four senior U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers were recently elected as new members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

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VA accelerates pending Veterans benefits appeals claims for victims of Super Typhoon Yutu

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans (VA) announced that it is prioritizing Veterans benefits appeals claims, effective Nov. 1, for victims in the Northern Mariana Islands who have been impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu.

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VA mobilizes federal agencies to offer free legal services to help Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) together with representatives from the departments of Labor, Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy and others, signed a joint statement aimed at improving access to free legal services for...

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VA recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during ceremony at Mississippi cemetery

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished the first Medal of Honor (MOH) Medallion for the private headstone of Pfc. Milton L. Olive III, a decorated Vietnam-era war hero, during a ceremony Nov. 1 at West Grove...

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VA celebrates National Family Caregivers Month

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill,...

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Trump Administration announces decline in Veteran homelessness

WASHINGTON - Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline, according to a new national estimate announced today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.

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VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with events honoring Veterans and their families

WASHINGTON - Yesterday evening President Donald J. Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to 'salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military...

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VA amends regulations on VA pension and other needs-based programs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently amended its regulations governing entitlements to VA pension and Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, which are need-based programs.

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VA prioritizing all pending Veterans benefits appeals claims for victims of hurricanes Florence and Michael

WASHINGTON - Veterans impacted by recent hurricanes Florence and Michael will now have their pending appeals claims for benefits prioritized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), department officials announced.

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VA joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) announced it is advancing employment opportunities for military spouses by joining the Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP).

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VA achieves major milestone in effort to modernize claims processing

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently completed a significant modernization effort in which more than 7.8 million paper files were removed from 60 locations in fewer than 22 months, enabling rapid scanning into VA's electronic claims...

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VA Debt Management Center reduces average wait times for Veterans contacting call center

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Debt Management Center (DMC) reached a recent milestone this July when it reported it had lowered the average wait times for Veterans contacting the call center, from over 21 minutes in fiscal...

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VA appoints new director for DC VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has appointed Michael S. Heimall, a former director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to take on new duties as director of the Washington DC...

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President Trump approves appointment of four additional judges to VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that President Donald J. Trump recently approved the appointment of four new Veterans Law Judges to VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals.

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VA online health portal wins government innovation award

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently won a 2018 Government Innovation Award for the VA Medical Images and Reports feature in My HealtheVet, VA's online health portal. VA will be recognized for the award at a...

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VA study on cholesterol genetics could lead to new treatments for heart disease, diabetes

WASHINGTON - In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) drive to help improve lives of Veterans through health care discovery and innovation, a team led by VA researchers recently identified three genetic mutations that govern cholesterol levels, which could...

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VA and DOD senior leaders commit to aligned electronic health records system rollout

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) signed a joint statement Sept. 26 pledging that their two departments will align their plans, strategies and structures as they roll out a new electronic health records (EHR)...

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Survey shows VA sustains high customer satisfaction in burial and memorial services for Veterans and families

WASHINGTON - The results of a recent VA customer survey indicates Veterans and their families continue to experience high customer satisfaction in burial and memorial services for Veterans and families from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)'s National Cemetery...

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VA forms search commission to locate candidates for the Under Secretary for Health

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Oct. 1 established a search commission, who will help identify candidates for the Under Secretary for Health position, which oversees the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

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VA employees among federal government workers honored with Sammies awards

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Marcella 'Marcy' Jacobs and VA's Digital Service team received the Management Excellence Medal during the 17th annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) awards gala Oct. 2 at the Andrew W....

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End of fiscal year hospital Star rating shows large improvement in overall quality of services of VA medical centers across nation

Today, as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to remain transparent and hold VA facilities accountable, VA released end of fiscal year 2018 (FY2018) hospital Star ratings, which evaluate and benchmark quality of care delivery at...

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VA, partner organizations launch innovative approach using long-term employment to improve lives of Veterans with PTSD

WASHINGTON - With research showing that Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face significant barriers to employment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and several state, city and nonprofit organizations recently created a first-of-its-kind 'Pay for-Success' project to improve...

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VA awards new leases to provide health care facilities to Veterans

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded 13 major leases to improve access to care and deliver health care facilities to Veterans.

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VA announces extension, expansion of contract with TriWest for community care: Also announces closeout plan with Health Net, extension of dialysis partnerships

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached an agreement with TriWest Health Care Alliance (TriWest) on a one-year extension of its current coverage of the Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice...

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VA awards up to $9M in Adaptive Sports Program grants to aid disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Sept. 26 awarded up to $9 million in grants to eligible recipients for adaptive sports programs that will benefit disabled Veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.

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VA marks Gold Star Families Remembrance Week

This week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is commemorating Gold Star Families Remembrance Week, designated to honor families affected by the loss of a service member who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Beginning this week (Sept....

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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016: Analysis Is Part of VA's Data-driven Approach to Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released national and state-level findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data, from 2005 to 2016. The analysis is part of VA's ongoing examination of non-Veteran and Veteran...

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VA researchers work to create 3D-printed artificial lung that may revolutionize treatment of Veterans with lung disease

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scientists at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan recently announced that they are working to create a 3D-printed artificial lung that could potentially revolutionize treatment of Veterans affected by lung...

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VA national cemeteries welcome nonprofit volunteers providing tree-and landscape-care services

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that its National Cemetery Administration is partnering with more than 2,000 green-industry professionals across the country Sept. 19 to host 'Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance,' an opportunity for...

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VA SAIL report scorecard shows majority of VA medical centers have improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans

WASHINGTON - Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care...

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VA achieves historic goal by delivering 81,000 appeals decisions to Veterans in fiscal 2018

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 14, two weeks ahead of schedule, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) exceeded its goal to deliver 81,000 appeals decisions of disability benefits and services to Veterans in fiscal year 2018 - 28,000 more decisions...

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President signs bill into law requiring VA to hire 50 outreach specialists to support Veterans involved in justice system

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists following President Trump's signing today of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, a new law shoring...

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Veterans gather in San Diego for VA's 11th annual Summer Sports Clinic

WASHINGTON - About 120 Veterans from across the country were expected to participate in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) 11th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in Southern California, which began Sept. 16.

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VA implements new fiduciary regulations

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently updated regulations related to how it governs the oversight of beneficiaries, who, because of injury, disease, or age, are unable to manage their VA benefits, and the appointment and oversight of fiduciaries...

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VA to fund first national center of excellence for Veteran and caregiver research

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will fund a new center of excellence to expand the department's capacity to deliver innovative, data-driven and integrated approaches to improve services for Veterans and their caregivers.

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VA releases data on vacancies as required under MISSION Act

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its figures on employment vacancies as of June 30, as mandated each quarter under the recently passed MISSION Act.

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VA announces upcoming awards of nearly $326M in grants to help at-risk Veterans and family members

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that thousands of low-income Veteran families around the nation will continue to receive benefits under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

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VA General Counsel Jim Byrne named VA Acting Deputy Secretary

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its General Counsel, Jim Byrne, has been named Acting Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs effective Aug. 28.

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