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Senate committee aims to solidify VA Choice reforms

Senate committee aims to solidify VA Choice reforms

By Susannah Luthi  |  February 03, 2018

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.

HHS, VA to team up on anti-fraud crackdown

HHS, VA to team up on anti-fraud crackdown

By Susannah Luthi  |  January 23, 2018

The two largest healthcare payers plan to work together to curb fraud and abuse within their networks in a rare collaboration.

VA spent $1.1 billion in five years on EHR modernization

VA spent $1.1 billion in five years on EHR modernization

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  December 11, 2017

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.

House lawmakers: VA Choice reform bill can wait until 2018

House lawmakers: VA Choice reform bill can wait until 2018

By Susannah Luthi  |  December 06, 2017

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.

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.

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