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VA expands new care program, but providers may balk at the low rates it pays
By Virgil Dickson | August 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Despite expanding the scope of the Patient-Centered Community Care program to include primary care, “the dollar impact of this change remains within scope of the original contract award and requires no change to the overall contract maximums,” the VA said in a contract notice.
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Information
VA referrals to private doctors up 25%
By Associated Press | August 13, 2014
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the agency is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over long patient waits and falsified appointment records at many VA hospitals and clinics.
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VA chief makes first hospital visit amid scandal
By Associated Press | August 09, 2014
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited a VA hospital Friday for the first time since taking over the embattled agency last month, meeting with veterans and healthcare providers and vowing to restore trust in the organization.
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Magazine
Selling doc recruits on working at the VA won't be easy
By Virgil Dickson | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Now that President Barack Obama has signed a Veteran Affairs bill providing $16.3 billion in emergency funding to the agency to address problems with wait times and access to care, the spotlight will turn to the challenges the VA faces as it tries to hire more doctors and other medical staff.
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News
VA bill signed into law, now doc-recruitment challenge looms
By Virgil Dickson | August 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama has signed a bill that not only gives the Veterans Affairs Department billions more to contract out care for vets but also roughly $5 billion to hire more medical personnel. However, experts caution that the VA will need to do a superior marketing job to lure doctors away...
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Vital Signs
VA puts the 'big' in big data predictive analytics
By Joseph Conn | August 05, 2014
In looking for examples of real-time predictive analytics using big data, I was forewarned by physician informaticist Dr. William Bria that I shouldn't expect too much.
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Information
Congress sends VA overhaul to White House
By Associated Press | August 01, 2014
Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for healthcare and fix other problems at the Veterans Affairs Department.
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Information
House approves VA healthcare overhaul
By Associated Press | July 30, 2014
The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' healthcare.
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News
Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary
By Associated Press | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for healthcare and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.
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News
Bill would give VA $17 billion infusion
By Virgil Dickson | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The leaders of the conference committee established to merge House and Senate bills to reform the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have agreed to give $17 billion to the beleaguered federal agency to turn things around.
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