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Cerner EHR will bring interoperability to the VA, Shulkin says

Cerner EHR will bring interoperability to the VA, Shulkin says

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  November 15, 2017

With the VA and Cerner set to finalize their new EHR contract, VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin assured lawmakers that the system will result in greater interoperability between the VA, Defense Department and community providers.

House votes to ease VA telemedicine restrictions

House votes to ease VA telemedicine restrictions

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  November 07, 2017

The VETS Act would allow VA healthcare providers to deliver care via telemedicine across state borders, regardless of where they or their patients are. Next it will go before the Senate.

VA running out of money for Choice program

By Associated Press  |  September 27, 2017

Weeks after a veterans' health initiative received $2.1 billion in emergency funding, the Trump administration says the private-sector Veterans Choice healthcare program may need additional money as early as December to avoid a disruption of care for hundreds of thousands of veterans.

Veterans Choice funding strikes a temporary compromise

Veterans Choice funding strikes a temporary compromise

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 18, 2017

The Veterans Choice program received a six-month reprieve thanks to new emergency funding, but it will take more than an influx of cash for the program to thrive, according to veterans groups.

Senate OKs bills to address VA budget crisis, claims backlog

By Associated Press  |  August 02, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved a pair of bills taking aim at urgent problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, clearing a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fix a looming budget crisis and adopting new measures to pare down a rapidly growing backlog of veterans' disability claims.

House moves to extend choice program, end VA budget crisis

By Associated Press  |  July 31, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to address a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs that threatens medical care for thousands of veterans.

House fails to pass $2 billion VA Choice funding bill

By Mara Lee  |  July 25, 2017

Because of House rules requiring a two-thirds majority to pass a bill without normal debate, an effort to get the VA Choice program funded before the August recess failed Monday night.

Cerner hires former VA IT strategist for EHR team

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  July 17, 2017

Cerner Corp. has hired former VA chief information strategy officer David Waltman to work on government strategy, engineering and compliance as part of the EHR vendor's federal team.

Trump's budget will cover initial costs of VA's EHR overhaul

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  June 21, 2017

The VA doesn't yet know how much replacing its current electronic health record with a commercial product will cost, but President Donald Trump's proposed budget should fit the bill, at least for now, according to VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin.

Overhaul of Veterans Choice program getting a warm reception

Overhaul of Veterans Choice program getting a warm reception

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 10, 2017

The Veterans Affairs Department is seeking Congress' help to overhaul an Obama-era initiative that allows military veterans to seek care from private doctors if VA facilities have excessive wait times.

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