Top VA official honored for contributions to women’s health

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) recognized a senior official from the U.S. Departmentof Veterans Affairs (VA) during a ceremony May 1 in Washington, D.C., for her contributions to improving women’s health research. The organization presented Dr. Carolyn Clancy, VA’s deputy under secretary for Health, for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, with its Health Public Service Visionary Award […]

VA proposes new AFGE collective bargaining agreement

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presented its proposals to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). AFGE represents over 250,000 federal employees within VA. VA’s proposals are designed to align with the statutory rights Congress provided to federal employee unions and VA while ensuring taxpayer […]

VA recognizes elementary school students for role in ending Veteran homelessness

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) community partnership efforts to combat Veteran homelessness, VA recently recognized Henry Zarrow International School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for winning the 2018 End Veteran Homelessness Challenge. Mark E. Morgan, director of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, presented a certificate of appreciation to the school on […]

VA launches digital campaign encouraging mental health conversations

In recognition of Mental Health Month in May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching “The Moment When” campaign, a nationwide effort starting May 1 that will feature Veterans’ personal experiences with mental health treatment and recovery. The campaign aims to demystify mental health treatment, build awareness of available mental health resources, and […]

VA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services join to strengthen safety surveillance for medications issued to Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced an agreement that greatly improves drug safety monitoring of prescriptions, including opioids. The agreement, which was formalized March 21, will give VA the ability to monitor medical prescriptions issued outside the VA through Medicare Part D. “VA is […]

VA celebrates Women’s Health Week with events at medical centers

In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers (VAMCs) across the country will host events to support women Veterans and connect them with VA’s health care services. “VA is serving nearly a half million women Veterans and we want to take care of even more,” said […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 May 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Transgender Troops [23] —- (Medical Association Blasts Military’s Transgender Policy) 05 == Feres Doctrine [13] —- (Congressional Hearing on DOD Malpractice Rules Change) 06 == Cyber Defense [03] —- (Cyberattack on Japan could be Regarded as an “Armed Attack”) 07 == Nuclear Weapons [03] —- (Trump […]

VA and Microsoft partner to enhance care, rehabilitation and recreation for Veterans with limited mobility

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new collaboration to enhance opportunities for education, recreation and therapy for Veterans with mobility limitations by introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller — a video game controller designed for people with limited mobility — in select VA rehabilitation centers around the country. The […]

VA and Cigna partner to help prevent opioid misuse and improve treatment of Veterans with chronic pain

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cigna, a global health service company, recently announced a new public private partnership to improve safety and quality of care for Veterans with chronic pain, who are at risk for opioid misuse. The partnership, which was formalized March 7, will educate Veterans and their families, the public […]

VA publishes Code of Integrity ethical standards for its Health Care Administration employees

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently published a Code of Integrity, which sets the ethical standards and obligations of every employee in VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Centered upon VA’s I CARE values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence, the VHA Code of Integrity, which was published April 22, makes VA among the first handful […]