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Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 23, 2018

The bill, which consolidates VA's community care programs into Choice, will spark a change in how the private sector interacts with the VA health system.

The VA/Cerner contract is signed. Now what?

The VA/Cerner contract is signed. Now what?

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  May 17, 2018

The Veterans Affairs Department is moving onto software made by the same company that makes the Defense Department's EHR, which could be both a good and a bad thing.

VA and Cerner reach agreement on EHR

VA and Cerner reach agreement on EHR

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  May 17, 2018

After months of delays over interoperability and other concerns, the Veterans Affairs Department and Cerner have reached an agreement for the VA's new electronic health record system.

House passes VA Choice expansion

House passes VA Choice expansion

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 16, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a compromise VA Choice reform bill. Congress aims to send it to the president before funding runs out in May.

Editorial: The VA needs a strong healthcare leader

Editorial: The VA needs a strong healthcare leader

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 10, 2018

The next Veterans Affairs secretary faces a tough job. The agency's ability to meet the special healthcare needs of a rapidly changing veteran population hangs in the balance.

Week Ahead: Hospital execs swoop into D.C.

Week Ahead: Hospital execs swoop into D.C.

By Matthew Weinstock  |  May 05, 2018

Hospital execs and lobbyists will flood the Washington Hilton for the American Hospital Association's annual membership meeting. HHS Secretary Alexa Azar, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are among the D.C. dignitaries scheduled to speak.

House unveils VA Choice compromise bill

House unveils VA Choice compromise bill

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 03, 2018

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee will mark up the newly released VA Choice reforms next week as President Donald Trump urges Congress to pass the package by Memorial Day.

VA health system outperforming other providers, new study shows

VA health system outperforming other providers, new study shows

By Susannah Luthi  |  April 27, 2018

The VA health system is working on par or better than similar non-VA providers, although there was "high variation" in quality across facilities, according to new analysis by RAND Corp. commissioned as part of the original 2014 VA Choice law.

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