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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.

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