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 VA publishes final regulation for its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published its final regulation to improve and expand the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) with the final regulation going into effect on Oct. 1.  (7/31/20)

 VA survey to collect customer feedback on education benefits - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launching of its Veterans Signals (VSignals) surveys to assess education benefits processes.  (7/30/20)

 VA reduces prescription opioid use by 64% during past eight years - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has successfully reduced prescription opioid use in patients within the VA health care system by 64%, from more than 679,000 Veterans in fiscal year 2012 to 247,000 in fiscal year 2020 through quarter three.  (7/30/20)

 VA and partner agencies announce COVID-19 Insights Partnership - WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), along with the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the formation of the COVID-19 Insights Partnership, an initiative to coordinate and share health data as well as research and expertise to aid in the fight against COVID-19. (7/28/20)

 Study shows VA surgical care better than or equal to non-VA hospitals - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced VA hospitals outperform or match neighboring non-VA hospitals in surgical quality and overall patient safety satisfaction.  (7/20/20)

VA health care first to have Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services codes for chaplain care - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it has been approved to establish three new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for chaplain spiritual care. (7/16/20)

VA expands funding for emergency response for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during COVID-19 pandemic - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it is allocating an additional $400 million of its coronavirus relief funding to enhance the department’s emergency relief response for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. (7/16/20)

VA and MAZON partner to support Veteran food security - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to improve and ensure Veterans have reliable access to food. (7/13/20)

VA offers debt relief to Veterans through year’s end - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by COVID-19 to the end of 2020 by suspending certain debt collection actions. (7/9/20)

Help Heal Veterans donates craft kits to VA hospitals to help provide activities for Veterans who are alone - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today Help Heal Veterans has provided nearly 50,000 craft kits, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, to more than 90 VA facilities for Veterans who are isolated. (7/7/20)

White House, VA launch REACH — a call to action to engage the nation in preventing suicide - WASHINGTON – The White House and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched the REACH national public health campaign aimed at empowering all Americans to play a critical role in preventing suicide. (7/7/20)

VA hits major milestone in the resolution of legacy appeals - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has reached a significant milestone in the overall Legacy Appeals Resolution Plan with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) completing actions on nearly all non-remand legacy appeals as of July 4.  (7/6/20)

VA reinstates in-person services at 100 hospitals across the country - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, as of mid-June, more than 100 VA medical facilities and medical centers (VAMCs) have reinstated at least one in-person service within their direct health care delivery system after certain services were temporarily on hold or reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (7/2/20)

National Academies affirms scientific necessity of VA canine research - WASHINGTON – A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study has affirmed the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) position that canine research is “scientifically necessary” for certain areas of research that benefit seriously disabled Veterans (7/1/20)

VA launches COVID-19 screening tool - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the launching of a digital COVID-19 screening tool to streamline Veteran access to medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.  (6/29/20)


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