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  VA Secretary clarifies collective bargaining authority related to professional conduct, patient care - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that VA Secretary Robert Wilkie clarified that unions can no longer use collective bargaining rights when it comes to professional conduct and patient care by VA providers. Specifically, Secretary Wilkie has taken back rights the VA gave away under the previous Administration to preclude collective bargaining on issues indirectly related to VA providers’ professional conduct or competence (patient care).  (8/17/18)

 At White House, VA Secretary underscores low unemployment for Veterans under President Trump - In his first White House Cabinet Meeting as Secretary of Veterans Affairs yesterday, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie underscored for President Donald Trump and the public how the President’s policies have led to near-record-low unemployment rates for America’s Veterans. Asked by the President to talk about Veterans’ Choice with reporters present, Secretary Wilkie said, “Sir, it's moving along well, but I would start with something else. We are experiencing, with the economic boom, lowering rates of vets unemployed. Probably the best trends that we've seen in many, many years…And that is -- that is a boon for our warriors across the country.”  (8/17/18)

 VA, Walgreens collaborate to improve care coordination for Veterans - WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to improve care coordination for Veterans, the department is working with pharmacy services provider Walgreens to coordinate patient and pharmaceutical care for VA-enrolled patients. (8/17/18)

 Veterans ‘TEE’ up for 25th anniversary golf tournament sponsored by VA & DAV - WASHINGTON — More than 200 Veterans with visual impairments, severe illness or injury are set to tee up for the 2018 National Disabled Veterans Training, Exposure and Experience (TEE) Tournament, which will take place Sept. 9-14 near Iowa City, Iowa. (8/15/18)

 VA updates the disability rating schedule related to skin conditions - Effective Aug. 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate conditions related to the skin.  (8/13/18)

 VA announces leadership changes to take effect shortly - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced several leadership changes that will take effect shortly. These leadership changes will build upon a strong current team that will continue to carry out the priorities of President Trump and newly appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie. (8/13/18)

 VA releases health care benefit application for Spanish-speaking Veterans - WASHNGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Spanish version of the application for health benefits, as part of VA’s effort to simplify and improve the health care enrollment process for Veterans.  (8/8/18)

 Secretary Wilkie meets with leaders at Washington DC VA Medical Center - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie visited the Washington DC VA Medical Center (VAMC), where he met with facility and regional leaders and received updates on recent progress in Veterans’ care and plans for further improvements at the facility. (8/6/18)

Forever GI Bill expands VA educational benefits - WASHINGTON — Effective Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented 15 more provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also referred to as the Forever GI Bill.  (8/2/18)

President Trump selects Jake Leinenkugel to lead VA commission focused on Veterans’ mental health treatment - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that President Donald J. Trump has selected former VA White House Senior Advisor Thomas “Jake” Leinenkugel to lead a key commission focused on the department’s mental health care programs. (7/24/18)

VA implementing presidential executive order governing union activities during official work hours - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has begun implementing a recent presidential executive order (EO), which offered new guidelines for how union officials use work hours when representing federal employees. (7/20/18)

VA and IBM Watson Health Extend Partnership to Support Veterans With Cancer - WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and IBM Watson Health announced the extension of a public-private partnership to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to help interpret cancer data in the treatment of Veteran patients.  (7/19/18)

VEText system transforming VA’s medical scheduling process - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched VEText, a text messaging appointment-reminder system, which to date has helped VA reduce no-show medical visits by more than 100,000.  (7/17/18)

VA Establishes Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization to Support Transition From Legacy Patient Data System - WASHINGTON — Focused on ensuring a successful transition from a legacy patient data system, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the recent establishment of the Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM). (7/12/18)

VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals Using Innovative Tools to Make a Record Number of Decisions - WASHINGTON — Strengthened by innovative tools, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently issued a record number of decisions for Veterans appealing their disability benefits claims. (7/12/18)


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