VA announces change to urgent care in Community Care Network Region 1

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is transitioning its urgent care network manager, effective March 18, from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc. (Optum), which is part of UnitedHealth Group, Inc., in Community Care Network Region 1. The change will result in new urgent care providers being added to VA’s contracted […]

VA intends to suspend enrollment of new GI Bill students at University of Phoenix, Career Education Corporation, Bellevue University and Temple University

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), acting within its required approval authority under the law limiting certain advertising, sales, and enrollment practices, notified the University of Phoenix, Career Education Corporation (Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University), Bellevue University and Temple University, March 9, of the agency’s intent to disapprove the enrollment of new GI Bill […]

VA publishes proposed regulations to improve the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register March 6 that would improve and standardize VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) and ensure the program regulations reflect changes required by the VA MISSION Act of 2018. A component of the Caregiver Support Program, the PCAFC was established in 2011 to […]

VA resolution of legacy appeals reaches another milestone

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) disability compensation appeals dropped below 75,000, Feb. 11. Notices of Disagreement (NODs) and substantive appeals filed in the “legacy” system decreased from 292,452 in March 2016 to 74,439 despite VBA receiving 779,720 new legacy appeals. Both inventories represent appeals within the initial stages of […]

VA’s judge employment peaks, as department continues record breaking appeals progress

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) hired seven new Veterans Law Judges (VLJs) effective March 1, to help the Board continue its record-breaking progress adjudicating Veterans appeals. These new hires bring the Board’s total number of VLJs to 102 – the largest since the Board’s inception in 1933. “2019 was a […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 March 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD == DoD Budget 2021 —- (Spells The End of US Force Expansion) == Artificial Intelligence (AI) [01] —- (Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles) == Agent Orange Stateside Use [03] —- (New List of Site Locations) == Commissary Surcharge —- (Pentagon Elimination Proposal) == Navy LCS Program [06] —- […]

VA partners with Verizon, Medivis and Microsoft to advance health care services for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnered with Verizon, Medivis and Microsoft, effective Feb. 12, as part of its efforts to deliver Veterans VA’s first advanced, 5G-enabled, clinical care system at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The public-private partnership, Project Convergence, will be led by VA’s National Center for Collaborative Health Care Innovation and work […]