The Veterans Affairs Department wants to allow providers to conduct telehealth visits with patients without geographic barriers. The proposal complements recent efforts to expand technology use in veterans' healthcare.
Of the 20 veterans who die by suicide each day nationwide, only six typically have received healthcare through the VA in the year before their deaths. Manchester VA Medical Center officials want the community's help to identify others.
Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency's existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans' homes, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin says that will change soon.
CliniComp, an EHR vendor that supplies software to the VA and Defense Department, says it might have been considered for the contract had the VA conducted open and competitive bidding.
The Veterans Choice program received a six-month reprieve thanks to new emergency funding, but it will take more than an influx of cash for the program to thrive, according to veterans groups.
President Donald Trump signed the bill, which will extend Veterans Choice for another six months, from his vacation in New Jersey.
The House Veterans Affairs Committee will look at ways to improve access to care for veterans, especially in rural areas, including delving into the Choice program.
The Department of Veterans Affairs initiatives will expand healthcare access and include using video technology and diagnostic tools to conduct medical exams. Veterans also will be able to use mobile devices to make and manage appointments with VA doctors.
The U.S. Digital Service is creating application programming interfaces to make MACRA participation easier, according to an agency report presented to Congress.
The VA doesn't yet know how much replacing its current electronic health record with a commercial product will cost, but President Donald Trump's proposed budget should fit the bill, at least for now, according to VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin.
The VA's pharmacy system limits interoperability between VA providers and non-VA providers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs warned Wednesday it was unexpectedly running out of money for a program that offers veterans private-sector healthcare, forcing it to hold back on some services that lawmakers worry could cause delays in medical treatment.