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 House Veterans Affairs Committee will look at ways to improve access to care for veterans, especially in rural areas, including delving into the Choice program.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.