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 VA and Air Force Announce Tele-Intensive Care Unit Sharing Agreement - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Midwest Health Care Network and the Air Force Medical Operations Agency today announced a collaborative Tele-ICU agreement that will allow Air Force patients at five military treatment facilities to use VA’s Tele-ICU capabilities through its centralized support center in Minneapolis. (6/26/17)

 Veterans Matter Program and VA Announce Milestone of Helping 1,500 Homeless Veterans Secure Stable Housing - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Matter — a program that provides security deposits to homeless Veterans in 14 states and the District of Columbia — today announced that, through their joint efforts, they have helped 1,500 Veterans exit homelessness and move into permanent housing.  (6/26/17)

 New VA Law Dramatically Speeds Up Hiring of Medical Center and Network Director Positions - WASHINGTON — On June 23, President Donald J. Trump signed into law S. 1094, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017,” which makes a number of changes to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authorities related to personnel, accountability and whistleblower protections.  (6/26/17)

 VA Announces Plan to Dispose Of Or Reuse All Its Vacant Buildings in 24 Months: Move Projected to Save Taxpayers Millions Annually - WASHINGTON — Following through on a key promise from less than a month ago, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin today announced a plan to dispose of all vacant VA buildings in 24 months (either by demolishing or setting for reuse). (6/20/17)

 Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin statement on passage of accountability bill - We need to hold our employees accountable for their actions if they violate the public trust, and at the same time protect whistleblowers from retaliation (6/13/17)

Health IT Publisher Recognizes 11 Innovative VA Programs - WASHINGTON — Federal Health IT, a print and digital publication, will recognize 11 innovative, health-information technology (IT) programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at a June 6 award ceremony in Washington, D.C. (6/6/17)

VA Launches Physician Ambassador Program: Department partners with volunteer medical professionals to improve care - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has launched the Physician Ambassador Program, an effort to recruit volunteer medical providers, at the more than 1,700 VA health-care facilities across the nation. (6/6/17)

VA Secretary announces decision on next-generation Electronic Health Record - Today U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced his decision on the next-generation Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at a news briefing at VA headquarters in Washington. (6/5/17)

New VA Online Tool Helps Veterans Learn About and Compare Effective PTSD Treatments - WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new online tool this week that will help Veterans compare various treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  (6/2/17)

New VA Initiative Focuses on Combating Fraud, Waste and Abuse - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announced it will launch the “Seek to Prevent Fraud, Waste and Abuse (STOP FWA)” initiative that will capitalize on existing departmental activities that prevent or identify FWA, as well as ensure a consistent approach to FWA risk management as a way to centralize organizational resources. (6/2/17)

Secretary Shulkin Delivers His First State of the VA Address - WASHINGTON — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin delivered his first State of the VA address today, highlighting the activity and direction of the agency since his appointment in February. In his address, Secretary Shulkin stated that he wanted to update Veterans on the progress the agency is making while also acknowledging the shortcomings that the VA has identified and will address in the upcoming months. (5/31/17)

Statement by VA Secretary Shulkin in Support of Senate Accountability Bill - WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin is issuing the following statement in support of the Senate Accountability Bill: “I’m pleased to see the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee moving forward tomorrow on our much-needed accountability bill, and hope the senators pass it promptly without delay.  (5/23/17)

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $186.5 Billion VA Budget - WASHINGTON — In his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, President Trump is proposing $186.5 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The budget request will ensure the nation’s Veterans receive high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. The budget also supports the continued transformation of VA to rebuild the full trust of Veterans as a premier provider of choice for their services and benefits. (5/23/17)

VA Earns Top Honors for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care - WASHINGTON — Nine Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Centers were recognized for their efforts in environmental sustainability in health care at an award ceremony May 18 in Minneapolis. (5/19/17)

VA’s Lead Geriatrician to Receive Top Award and Deliver Lecture at Annual Meeting - WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Dr. Richard M. Allman, is receiving the Edward Henderson Award, and will present the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting this week in San Antonio.  (5/19/17)


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