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VA Becomes First Hospital System to Release Opioid Prescribing Rates

Today U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA has begun publicly posting information on opioids dispensed from VA pharmacies, along with VA’s strategies to prescribe these pain medications appropriately and safely. With this announcement, VA becomes the only health-care system in the country to post information on its opioid-prescribing rates. The […]

VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those […]

President Donald J. Trump signs Executive Order to Improve Mental Health Resources for Veterans Transitioning from Active Duty to Civilian Life

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.” This Executive Order directs the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to develop a plan to ensure that all new Veterans receive mental health care for at least one year following […]

VA Seeks Public Comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is seeking public comments on how it can further strengthen and improve caregiver support through the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Through a Federal Register notice, VA announced a 30-day comment period to hear from stakeholders on whether and how PCAFC should be refined to […]

VA to Take Immediate Actions on Timely Payments to Community Providers

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a series of immediate actions to improve the timeliness of payments to community providers. The actions will address the issue of delayed payments head-on and produce sustainable fixes that solve ongoing payment issues that affect Veterans, community providers and other VA partners. “It is vital to […]

Chairwoman and New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of a new chairwoman and four new members to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the VA Secretary on issues and programs of importance to women Veterans, their families and caregivers. “As VA continues to work toward modernization, the […]

VA Accomplishments in 2017

Today Secretary Shulkin provided a year-end statement focused on VA accomplishments for 2017. The text is below and there is a link here to see his accompanying video message: Happy Holidays! 2017 has been a year of accomplishments for the Department of Veterans Affairs and this is a perfect time to reflect on, acknowledge, and […]

Wreaths Across America Event to Honor Veterans at VA National Cemeteries

This Saturday, Dec. 16, volunteers will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember America’s Veterans at more than 100 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. Now in its 12th year at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries, the Wreaths Across America campaign was created by […]

Aimed at Preventing Suicides, VA Invites 7 Cities to Participate in Mayor’s Challenge

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service members, Veterans and their families. The goal of the Mayor’s Challenge is to eliminate suicide by using a comprehensive public health approach […]

Reopening of Lafayette Building in D.C. Highlights VA’s Modernization Efforts

Underscoring a key milestone in VA’s efforts to modernize its infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) marked the reopening of its newly renovated Lafayette Building at 811 Vermont Ave., in Washington, D.C., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility Dec. 11. The 11-year renovation project consolidates VA’s footprint from four buildings into one […]