The Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee meets this week to discuss healthcare legislation and also hopes to hammer out compromise reforms of the VA Choice program that will expand private options for veterans.
The two largest healthcare payers plan to work together to curb fraud and abuse within their networks in a rare collaboration.
As four not-for-profit health systems unveiled plans to create their own generic-drug company, experts say they'll face an uphill battle to make a significant dent in rising drug prices and shortages.
Intermountain Healthcare, Ascension, SSM Health and Trinity Health have joined forces to create a generic-drug company to create cheaper and more available alternatives than they can now obtain on the market.
Between 2011 and 2016, the Veterans Affairs Department spent $1.1 billion on efforts that are seemingly for naught, as the agency is set to replace its existing systems with an EHR made by Cerner.
Earlier this year, lawmakers feared they would need to pass a VA Choice funding extension quickly as current funds dwindled. Now, Congress may hold off on the bill until funds run out in 2018.
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.
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.
Hospitals would benefit from changes to the VA Choice program under a bill being discussed in the House.
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.
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.
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.