Congress and VA evaluate facilities and resources

Congress and VA evaluate facilities and resources

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 11, 2015

Lawmakers suggest that in order for the VA to adequately address its health system's problems, a panel should be formed to “optimize facilities resourcing and lines of service.” The VA is also seeking authority to review its facilities and make changes based on excess capacity.

 VA nurse practitioners could practice independently under Senate bill

VA nurse practitioners could practice independently under Senate bill

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 03, 2015

Senate legislation is looking to empower nurse practitioners across the Veterans Affairs Department to practice independently of physicians, regardless of the laws in individual states. The goal is to mitigate physician shortages and reduce patient wait times that have been plaguing the VA.

New Mexico VA chief says it is working to reduce wait times

By Associated Press  |  April 11, 2015

The director of the Veterans Affairs' healthcare system in New Mexico acknowledged Friday that efforts to see patients more quickly have fallen short, saying "our efforts thus far have been good but not good enough."

At Phoenix VA, Obama says more work to do for veterans

By Associated Press  |  March 14, 2015

Amid persistent complaints about veterans' healthcare, President Barack Obama acknowledged lingering weaknesses Friday in the federal government's response to the chronic delays and false waiting lists that triggered a national outcry over the Veterans Affairs health system last year.

Slide Show: Healthcare losers in 2014

Slide Show: Healthcare losers in 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 31, 2014

Many of the biggest healthcare events of the year, such as Ebola's arrival in the U.S. and the VA's waitlist scandal, were not kind to the people and organizations swept up in them.

VA chief: 1,000 workers face disciplinary action

By Associated Press  |  November 08, 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department is considering disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees as it struggles to correct systemic problems that led to long wait times for veterans seeking healthcare and falsification of records to cover up delays, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said.

VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistle-blowers

By Associated Press  |  September 29, 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has reached financial settlements with three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistle-blower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.

Obama to announce mental-health initiatives for vets

By Associated Press  |  August 26, 2014

Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans.


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