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 VA employee survey shows improving morale: Increase in workforce retention rates tied to uptick in job and VA satisfaction scores - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that results from a recent VA job satisfaction survey showed a general trend of improving employee morale. (10/18/18)

 VA appoints new director for DC VA Medical Center - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has appointed Michael S. Heimall, a former director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to take on new duties as director of the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DCVAMC) on Oct. 14. (10/12/18)

 President Trump approves appointment of four additional judges to VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that President Donald J. Trump recently approved the appointment of four new Veterans Law Judges to VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals.  (10/11/18)

 VA online health portal wins government innovation award - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently won a 2018 Government Innovation Award for the VA Medical Images and Reports feature in My HealtheVet, VA’s online health portal. VA will be recognized for the award at a ceremony Nov. 8 in McLean, Virginia. (10/10/18)

 VA study on cholesterol genetics could lead to new treatments for heart disease, diabetes - WASHINGTON — In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) drive to help improve lives of Veterans through health care discovery and innovation, a team led by VA researchers recently identified three genetic mutations that govern cholesterol levels, which could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes. (10/10/18)

 VA and DOD senior leaders commit to aligned electronic health records system rollout - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) signed a joint statement Sept. 26 pledging that their two departments will align their plans, strategies and structures as they roll out a new electronic health records (EHR) system that will allow VA and DOD to share patient data seamlessly. (10/10/18)

Survey shows VA sustains high customer satisfaction in burial and memorial services for Veterans and families - WASHINGTON — The results of a recent VA customer survey indicates Veterans and their families continue to experience high customer satisfaction in burial and memorial services for Veterans and families from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA). (10/4/18)

VA forms search commission to locate candidates for the Under Secretary for Health - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Oct. 1 established a search commission, who will help identify candidates for the Under Secretary for Health position, which oversees the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). (10/4/18)

VA employees among federal government workers honored with Sammies awards - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Marcella “Marcy” Jacobs and VA’s Digital Service team received the Management Excellence Medal during the 17th annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) awards gala Oct. 2 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. (10/3/18)

End of fiscal year hospital Star rating shows large improvement in overall quality of services of VA medical centers across nation - Today, as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to remain transparent and hold VA facilities accountable, VA released end of fiscal year 2018 (FY2018) hospital Star ratings, which evaluate and benchmark quality of care delivery at VA medical centers (VAMCs) across the nation. (10/3/18)

VA, partner organizations launch innovative approach using long-term employment to improve lives of Veterans with PTSD - WASHINGTON — With research showing that Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face significant barriers to employment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and several state, city and nonprofit organizations recently created a first-of-its-kind “Pay for-Success” project to improve employment outcomes for such Veterans.  (10/3/18)

VA awards new leases to provide health care facilities to Veterans - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded 13 major leases to improve access to care and deliver health care facilities to Veterans.  (10/2/18)

VA announces extension, expansion of contract with TriWest for community care: Also announces closeout plan with Health Net, extension of dialysis partnerships - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has reached an agreement with TriWest Health Care Alliance (TriWest) on a one-year extension of its current coverage of the Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice Program (VCP).  (10/2/18)

VA awards up to $9M in Adaptive Sports Program grants to aid disabled Veterans - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Sept. 26 awarded up to $9 million in grants to eligible recipients for adaptive sports programs that will benefit disabled Veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.  (9/28/18)

VA marks Gold Star Families Remembrance Week - This week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is commemorating Gold Star Families Remembrance Week, designated to honor families affected by the loss of a service member who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Beginning this week (Sept. 23-29) and over the coming months, commemoration plaques to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and the families they left behind are being placed at VA national cemeteries across the country.  (9/27/18)


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