On eve of joint conference in August, DOD and VA issue call for strategies to prevent suicide

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that they have again joined forces to host a biannual conference that will address suicide within the military and Veteran communities. Ahead of the 2019 VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference, scheduled Aug. 26-29, the departments are seeking abstracts for presentations, which […]

VA to make new nasal spray drug available for treatment-resistant depression

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its health care providers will now be able to offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. The treatment will be made available to Veterans based on their individual medical needs combined with providers’ clinical assessments. The move follows the March 5 Food and Drug […]

VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating Veteran mental health conditions

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open on March 1,  showed positive outcomes for Veterans struggling with multiple mental health conditions. The randomized implementation trial, which included 5,596 Veterans receiving care in a VA outpatient mental health clinic, showed that effective teamwork and a […]

VA releases health care inspection reports and staffing data for more than 100 Community Living Centers

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began publicly posting, for the first time, health care inspection reports and staffing data for its nursing home system. To date, VA has posted 101 health inspection reports of its 134 Community Living Centers (CLCs) with the remainder scheduled to be posted by October 2019. The health […]

HEP C: Knute

VA announced that it is on track to eliminate the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in as few as two months, in all Veterans willing and able to be treated. As of March 3, 2019, nearly 116,000 Veterans started all-oral hepatitis C medications in VA, of which 96,654 Veterans completed treatment and have been cured. Read […]

Precision health initiative brings genetic testing to Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, as part of an innovative partnership, VA and Sanford Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems, will soon provide free genetic testing to some Veterans cared for by VA. The VA PHarmacogenomics Action for cancer SuRvivorship (PHASeR) testing program will begin a pilot […]

VA strengthens care and benefits for Veterans with $220 billion budget

President Donald J. Trump is proposing a total of $220.2 billion in his fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a 9.6 percent increase above fiscal 2019. “The budget request will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services,” said VA Secretary […]

Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on President Trump’s FY 2020 budget request

In President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget, he has once again demonstrated his ongoing commitment to Veterans, ensuring greater quality, efficiency and timely service that our Veterans have earned and deserve. The budget funds our highest priorities, including the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION Act) implementation, Electronic Health Record […]