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DoD, VA Face Clinician Workforce, Patient Care Access Snags

March 5, 2019 - In an effort to meet personnel demands during peace time, the Department of Defense (DoD) has fallen short on having adequate staffing to meet patient care access needs while in combat, according to a GAO report. DoD specifically has not yet determined the workforce necessary to meet patient care needs while at war, the report noted. The agency has also failed to submit a report to...


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VA Adopts Apple Health Records App for Patient Data Access

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has joined forces with Apple to offer patient data access through the Apple Health Records app. Apple Health Records leverages application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow participating...

Wilkie: VA Care Access Standards Boost Quality, Not Privatization

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be revamping its patient care access standards as a part of the 2018 MISSION Act, a move the agency says will promote better patient care, not VA privatization, according to a recent statement...

VA Appointment Wait Times Shrink Shorter Than Private Sector

by Sara Heath

Appointment wait times at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are getting better, despite a negative public reputation to the contrary, according to new data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The...

VA Community Outreach, Suicide Prevention Programs Need Leadership

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ (VA’s) community outreach and suicide prevention efforts need better leadership and direction, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. VA designed its...

VA Pushes Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety, Data Access

by Sara Heath

Two recent announcements out of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) highlight the agency’s push toward more patient-centered care, including improving patient safety and patient data access. The most recent announcement pertains...

Lacking Protocols Hit VHA Clinic Environment, Patient Experience

by Sara Heath

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) does not have adequate measures to assess the physical environment of its facilities, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This in turn can have negative...

VA Sees Issues with Caregiver Program Ahead of MISSION Act Expansion

by Sara Heath

The VA has failed to adequately monitor its Caregiver Assistance Program, leading to limitations on patient care access and insufficient program discharge processes, according to a recent analysis from the VA’s Office of Inspector...

VA Testimony Objects to Bill to Pilot Patient Data Access Device

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs is coming out against proposed legislation that would require the agency to pilot a digital device that would enable patient data access and data exchange, according to recent testimony from VA Under...

VA Partnership to Drive Veteran Access to Mental Healthcare

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Veteran & First Responder Healthcare (VFR Healthcare) to improve patient access to mental healthcare. This comes as a part of the organizations’ efforts to address rising...

Nurses Call for Expanded Scope of Practice to Fill VA Care Gaps

by Sara Heath

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). This comes following recent findings that VA has...

VHA Making Progress in Physician Recruitment, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

The Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) has made some improvements to how it monitors clinician recruitment and retention across the country, but more progress is needed to fill patient care access gaps, according to recent...

VA Patient Appointment Schedule Tool Receives GAO Approval

by Sara Heath

The VA’s patient appointment scheduling system meets all of the standards outlined in the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The analysis reviewed a pilot...

VA Choice Program Needs Reworking Ahead of MISSION Act Revamp

by Sara Heath

The process by which the VA refers patients to the Veterans Choice Program is complicated and creates more delays in patient access to care for the VA’s patient population, according to a report from the Government Accountability...

President Signs VA Mission Act Into Law, Extends VA Choice Program

by Sara Heath

President Trump has signed the VA Mission Act into law, cementing the agency’s plans to overhaul the Veterans Choice Program and other community health programs across the country. The $5.2 billion legislation is part of the...

VA MISSION Act Passes Congress, Updates Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Senate has passed the VA MISSION Act, which overhauls the agency’s community health and Veterans Choice Programs and improves patient access to care. The bill now awaits the President’s signature and will likely be signed...

House Presents Bill to Support Vets Choice, Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has introduced legislation that would overhaul the Veterans Choice program and provide funding to prevent a patient access to care issue in the VA. The Veterans Affairs Maintaining...

VA Requests Funds for Veterans Choice Program, Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Robert L. Wilkie is calling on Congress to pass funding for the Veterans Choice Program, which aids patient care access for veterans facing extraordinary barriers. The Veterans Choice Program runs serious...

VA Tool Improves Patient Access to Health Data, Medical Images

by Sara Heath

The VA has launched a new system for patient access to health data and medical images, thus allowing patients to stake a larger claim in their own healthcare. The system, called the VA Medical Images and Reports, will be embedded in...

VA Boasts Broad Use of Connected Health for Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The VA is proving its chops in the connected health sphere, creating better patient access to care using digital tools, according to an Administration press release. Specifically, expanded telehealth access has allowed more patients to...

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