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 VA awards Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor 2.0 contracts for distribution and supply management services to provide Veteran health care - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has awarded three contracts to provide Prime Vendor (PV) support to VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) and Other Government Agencies (OGAs) via VA’s new Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) 2.0 program.  (10/23/20)

 VA creates National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence in fight against breast cancer - In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is developing a National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence through research, partnerships precision oncology and teleoncology that will provide women Veteran oncology patients with cutting edge care and access to potentially lifesaving clinical trials. (10/20/20)

 VA recognizes Compensated Work Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation Week - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes Compensated Work Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation Week, Oct. 19-23, acknowledging the more than 1,000 VA Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) vocational rehabilitation counselors, managers and peer support specialists who provide services to more than 64,000 Veterans each year within the VA health care system. (10/19/20)

 Secretary Wilkie Thanks President Trump for Making “988” America’s New National Suicide Prevention Number - Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.  (10/17/20)

 Secretary Wilkie Applauds President Trump for Signing Suicide Prevention Bill - Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement after President Trump signed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, into law. (10/17/20)

 VA’s Transition Assistance Program Participant Guide honored by marketing association - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was recently recognized by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals during the 2020 Hermes Creative Awards, for the VA Benefits and Services Participant Guide — a publication that makes it easy for transitioning service members and Veterans to understand their benefits. (10/16/20)

 VA completes secure transfer of Veteran data ahead of new electronic health record launch - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it completed transferring patient data into its new electronic health record (EHR) solution in preparation for the system’s launch in the Pacific Northwest later this month. (10/15/20)

 VA, Blue Star Families to support Veterans impacted by COVID-19 - To better support Veterans impacted by COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is partnering with Blue Star Families (BSF) for the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI).  (10/15/20)

 Federal electronic health record connects with more community partners - The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) expanded their joint health information exchange (HIE) network with the private sector, Oct. 9, after connecting with the CommonWell Health Alliance.  (10/13/20)

VA dedicates Cheyenne National Cemetery in Wyoming - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today dedicated a new national cemetery in Laramie County, Wyoming.  (10/8/20)

VA awards contract for Region 5 of Community Care Network to increase Veteran access to health care in Alaska - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it awarded a contract, Oct. 1, to TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest) to serve as third-party administrator to manage Region 5 of its Community Care Network (CCN), which includes all of Alaska. (10/8/20)

VA resumes in-person benefits services halted by the COVID-19 response - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the reestablishment of in-person benefits services in select locations throughout the country.  (10/7/20)

VA recognizes 2020 Worthen Award winners for excellence in health professions education - Three health care professionals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recognized today for their role in improving quality and timely care for Veterans by enhancing education and training programs.  (10/6/20)

VA launches program to send caring letters to 90,000 Veterans - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) formally launched the Caring Letters Program, an evidence-based suicide prevention intervention that involves sending periodic messages with simple expressions of care and concern to Veterans who use VA health care and contact the VCL. (10/5/20)

VA recognized for advancements in health care access, 3D printing applications - Leaders of two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiatives have been named winners of the 2020 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) for improving health care access for Veterans and advancing 3D printing applications for Veteran care.  (10/5/20)


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