Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence
Information for Healthcare Professionals
The diagnosis of MS is often difficult and may take time. It can only be made after an extensive evaluation and is not based on one specific physical finding, laboratory test, or symptom.
Treatments for MS focus on controlling the immune system and managing symptoms. The current goals for MS care are to reduce the frequency of relapses and to slow the progression of the disease by using a drug therapy approach called disease modifying treatments.
The purpose of the MS Surveillance Registry (MSSR) is to understand the unique characteristics and treatment patterns of Veterans with MS in order to optimize their care in the VA system.
The VA MS Centers of Excellence have a wide variety of educational programs and products for health care professionals.
Clinical notes for Veterans with definite MS should include MS quality indicators.
Information regarding VA MSCoE consults for Veterans with MS.
Provides links to VA and non-VA resources for health care professionals caring for people affected by MS. Learn more about MS and the many MS programs and products available.
The directive describes the essential components and procedures of the MS Center that are to be implemented nationally to ensure that all enrolled Veterans, wherever they live, have access to MS care.