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12 lessons private health systems can learn from VA, according to David Shulkin

September 18, 2019


Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, who spent much of his career in the private sector, in a post on LinkedIn offers 12 tips the private health care sector can take from VA.

Could a blood test help identify PTSD? Maybe, new study finds.

September 16, 2019


A new blood test has been shown to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat troops with a high level of accuracy, according to a study published last week in Molecular Psychiatry, which might help identify PTSD in troops who try to hide their symptoms.

VA must pay for non-VA emergency care even if veterans have other insurance, court rules

September 13, 2019


A federal appeals court this week ruled Veterans Affairs (VA) must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care provided at non-VA facilities—a decision that plaintiff's lawyers estimate could cost VA billions of dollars.

Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

Trump's latest push to address veteran suicides? This black-boxed antidepressant.

August 27, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said he had directed Veterans Affairs to purchase a large amount of Johnson & Johnson's ketamine-based antidepressant, which FDA has mandated must be sold with a so-called "black box" warning, in hopes of reducing veteran suicides—but VA in a statement indicated that its policy for covering the drug remained unchanged.

VA launches a one-stop-shop mobile app for veterans' health care

August 21, 2019


Veterans Affairs last week unveiled a new mobile application intended to streamline veterans' access to health care by storing and organizing their health information and services in one location.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

DeepMind's new AI system can predict 90% of severe kidney injuries—up to 2 days in advance

August 12, 2019


DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence tool that can predict the onset of acute kidney injury "with a lead time of up to 48 hours," according to a paper published in Nature.

VA inappropriately denied or rejected at least $53M in claims from non-VA hospitals, VA's OIG finds

August 8, 2019


Nearly one-third of claims denied or rejected by Veteran Affairs (VA) claims processors for emergency care at non-VA hospitals were misprocessed during a six-month period in 2017, according to a VA Office of Inspector General report released Tuesday.

Whistleblower alleges she was directed to tamper with VA wait lists

July 2, 2019


A Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower last week told House lawmakers that she was directed to schedule fake appointments in order to improperly remove veterans from electronic wait lists in an effort to hide long wait times at a VA health care facility.

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