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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' healthcare.
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.
The Veterans Affairs Department is asking Congress for $10 billion in new funding to hire 10,000 additional clinical staff over the next two years and to pay for veterans' care delivered by private providers.
The newly nominated Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald will likely face little resistance to his confirmation, despite his limited military and government agency experience, veteran and political insiders say.
Dr. Jonathan Perlin, president of clinical services and chief medical officer at Nashville-based HCA, the largest private-sector health system in the U.S., has been named as a senior adviser to acting Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Sloan Gibson.