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Senate panel puts Wilkie on confirmation path for VA chief

Senate panel puts Wilkie on confirmation path for VA chief

By Susannah Luthi  |  June 27, 2018

Robert Wilkie, the White House pick to lead the VA through expansion of the VA Choice program and the overhaul of its electronic health records system, mostly sailed through his Senate hearing, setting the course for his confirmation.

Long waits under VA's private health program

Long waits under VA's private health program

By Associated Press  |  June 05, 2018

Veterans often had to wait between 51 and 64 days for appointments with private doctors under the VA Choice program. Management of medicine investigators blamed the waits in part on bureaucratic inefficiency and understaffing at the department.

Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

Senate sends VA Choice reforms to Trump

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 23, 2018

The bill, which consolidates VA's community care programs into Choice, will spark a change in how the private sector interacts with the VA health system.

House passes VA Choice expansion

House passes VA Choice expansion

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 16, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a compromise VA Choice reform bill. Congress aims to send it to the president before funding runs out in May.

Week Ahead: Hospital execs swoop into D.C.

Week Ahead: Hospital execs swoop into D.C.

By Matthew Weinstock  |  May 05, 2018

Hospital execs and lobbyists will flood the Washington Hilton for the American Hospital Association's annual membership meeting. HHS Secretary Alexa Azar, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are among the D.C. dignitaries scheduled to speak.

House unveils VA Choice compromise bill

House unveils VA Choice compromise bill

By Susannah Luthi  |  May 03, 2018

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee will mark up the newly released VA Choice reforms next week as President Donald Trump urges Congress to pass the package by Memorial Day.

VA health system outperforming other providers, new study shows

VA health system outperforming other providers, new study shows

By Susannah Luthi  |  April 27, 2018

The VA health system is working on par or better than similar non-VA providers, although there was "high variation" in quality across facilities, according to new analysis by RAND Corp. commissioned as part of the original 2014 VA Choice law.

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