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Provider Education and Training Resources

VA has a variety of resources available for community providers to equip you with the knowledge needed to successfully provide care to Veterans. This page contains the latest education and training resources offered for VA community providers.

MISSION Act Provider Training

VA MISSION Act, Section 131, requires community providers with opioid prescribing privileges to complete the Community Care Provider–Opioid Safety Initiative training course, and, if available, fill out a form attesting to completion of the course. In addition, all community providers are highly recommended to complete the MISSION Act Section 133 general overview course, Community Care Provider–A Perspective for Veteran Care.

Fact Sheet: MISSION Act Community Provider Training

Highly recommended course:

• Section 133: A Perspective for Veteran Care

VA uses the VHA TRAIN MISSION Act (VHA TRAIN MA) curriculum training site to host provider trainings. Providers must create an account in VHA TRAIN MA and include their unique National Provider Identifier (NPI) in their VHA TRAIN MA profile before registering and completing this training. For other assistance or help with VHA TRAIN MA curriculum account creation, please contact the MA Help Desk.

VHA TRAIN MA websiteMA Help Desk

Continuing Medical Education Courses

To supplement the Section 133: A Perspective for Veteran Care training, specialty courses were developed and are available on the VHA TRAIN MISSION Act curriculum training site. Each of these courses offer continuing education credits (CEUs) to various continuing education organizations.

Per MISSION Act, Section 123, VA offers an online, no-cost, continuing medical education curriculum for community providers through VHA TRAIN MA. Courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and continuing medical education (CME) credits may be earned for completing coursework. Providers must create an account in VHA TRAIN MA and include a National Provider Identification (NPI) number in their VHA TRAIN MA profile before registering and completing courses.

CME–Community Provider Registration

Provider Webinar Series

VA offers a monthly webinar series as part of VA’s effort to build stronger, more sustainable relationships with you, our community providers. The series includes a recurring webinar that provides an introduction and overview of community care, and accredited recurring monthly webinars on clinical topics. See the webinar schedule below.

VHA Office of Community Care Overview. This webinar provides an overview of community care networks and programs. It is facilitated by the OCC Provider Regional Experience Managers and focuses on topics relevant to VA community providers who deliver care to Veterans.

When: Third Thursday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
Access: Register for the webinar through VHA TRAIN. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up there.


Accredited Topics Series. This webinar series features webinars on health care-related topics. These in-depth trainings are facilitated by highly-regarded subject matter experts from throughout VA. Topics include: VA’s Suicide Prevention Strategy, understanding military culture, smoking cessation, VA’s Opioid Safety Initiative, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and military sexual trauma.

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET.
Access: Register for the webinar through VHA TRAIN. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up there.

VHA TRAIN websiteHow to Create an Account in VHA TRAINAccess the VHA TRAIN login page

Calendar of Provider Webinar Series
VHA Office of Community Care Provider Webinar Series
FY2020-2021
Date Topic/Links
Third Thursday
September 2020–September 2021
Office of Community Care Overview
Every Monday, 2 - 4 p.m. ET
Every Tuesday, 1–3 p.m. ET
HealthShare Referral Manager Weekly Webinar Series
Full, in-depth training on HealthShare Referral Manager (HSRM) benefits and functionality. HSRM is VA's web-based system for referral and authorization management
Date Accredited Clinical Topics/Links
23 September 2021

Spinal Cord Injury

  • TMS Registration link for VA Personnel
  • VHA TRAIN Registration link for non-VA attendees
26 August 2021

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • TMS Registration link for VA Personnel
  • VHA TRAIN Registration link for non-VA attendees
22 July 2021

Whole Health and Complementary and Integrative Health

  • TMS Registration link for VA Personnel
  • VHA TRAIN Registration link for non-VA attendees
24 June 2021

LGBT

27 May 2021

Caring for the Women Veteran

22 April 2021

Veteran Suicide Prevention Refresher

25 March 2021

Inclusive Care/Caregiver Program

25 February 2021

Standard Episodes of Care (SEOCs) and Request for Services

28 January 2021

Agent Orange: What You Need to Know

17 December 2020

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment, Naloxone, Overdose, and Suicide Prevention

19 November 2020

VHA's Rapid Conversion to Virtual Mental Health Care During COVID‑19

22 October 2020

Preventing Suicide Through Lethal Means Safety and Safety Planning

Provider Webinar Series Archive

VHA TRAIN Courses

VHA Training Finder Real-Time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) provides a wealth of training and education resources for community providers. These offerings are no-cost, Veteran-focused, and accredited for continuing medical education. The VHA TRAIN video describes the training course offerings and how to access them.

Visit the VHA TRAIN website to get started. More information about how to enroll, a list of available courses, and additional instructions for how to register can be found in the VHA TRAIN fact sheet.

VHA TRAIN delivers free, VA-approved training on Veteran-specific health topics. Published on Nov 22, 2017.

VHA TRAIN websiteVHA TRAIN Fact SheetAccess the VHA TRAIN login page

Additional Educational Resources

Additional Educational Resources
Additional Educational Resources
Resource Description
Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals These training courses provide community providers with information about treating the unique Veteran patient population.
Community Care Provider Opioid Safety Initiative This training course promotes evidence-based management of Veterans with chronic pain. A collaborative effort between VA and community providers, the goal is to improve patient outcomes and decrease the incidence of complications from opioid prescribing.
VHA Pain Management Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) This webpage serves to educate and ensure a greater awareness of the first evidence-based guideline to be shared with our community partners – the VHA Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI). The initiative is focused on building a collaborative relationship between VHA and its community partners to improve patient outcomes, ensure patient safety, and increase efficiency of our community-based services.
VA Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) and Centers of Excellence (CoEs) Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program MIRECC/CoEs Suicide Risk Management program offers free consultation for any provider who works with Veterans at-risk for suicide. Other resources available from MIRECC include:

National Center for PTSD

These resources are free and available to any provider:

Community Provider Toolkit A useful toolkit for community providers who take care of Veterans.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Consultation Program This program provides training and consultation on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for health care professionals who treat Veterans.
Pregnancy Management: Clinical Practice Guidelines This detailed VA/DoD reference guide provides industry best practices for symptoms and diagnoses related to pregnancy management.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Chronic pain is common, multidimensional, and individualized, and treatment can be challenging for healthcare providers as well as patients. In response to the critical need for consistent and current opioid prescribing guidelines, the CDC released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Education and Outreach Get training, earn credit, attend events, and find resources.
American Medical Association (AMA) Continuing Education Sharpen your knowledge and build essential skills to succeed in your medical practice.
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Learning Opportunities AHIMA offers learning opportunities on many topics.

Contact

For questions about community provider education and training resources, please contact the VHA OCC Digital Engagement Team.