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Deploying? Leave that Fitbit at Home

Deployed troops will have to leave their Fitbits, Apple watches and other “geolocation devices” at home. A Defense Department policy announced Monday also forbids any device or app that tracks the location of the user. Col. Robert Manning III told reporters at the...

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New VA clinic in Middleburg could open by 2020

When U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho started the process three years ago to bring a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic to Middleburg, there were just 4,500 veterans in the region enrolled in the program as well as skepticism about whether it was the right location for a new...

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VA MISSION act may up costs, lower vet health care quality

he Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA MISSION) Act may increase costs and reduce quality of health care for veterans, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online July 24 in the Annals of...

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Acquisition Reforms Survive in Defense Authorization Bill

Contractors hoping to protect their right to file bid protests got much of what they wanted in the conference report for the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which also contained several provisions to streamline the Pentagon’s acquisitions. In...

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Forging Ahead in Medical Product Development

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command realigned major functions of two subordinate commands, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity and the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, July 9, at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Approved earlier this year by...

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Putting AI to work for veterans’ health

Across the United States, millions of veterans are waiting too long for health care. To address this, Veterans Health Administration hospitals are working diligently to speed up and improve the quality of care delivered to veterans through multiple programs....

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Williston, N.D. gets new VA clinic

North Dakota military veterans toured a new veterans' affairs clinic in a northwest city. The Williston VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic opened this week. The facility is twice the size of the old one at 7,500 square feet (697 square meters), the Williston Herald...

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New location for Talihina veterans center being sought

The agency that oversees state veterans centers is seeking a new location in southeast Oklahoma to eventually replace the aging facility in Talihina, which had been investigated for systemic problems. The Oklahoma Veterans Commission, the governing board of the...

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Camp Lemonnier receives new CT scanner

Expeditionary units are deployed to some of the most remote locations on the planet. However, service members and base personnel stationed at Camp Lemonnier now have access to modern medical testing previously unavailable to them on the installation. A new Phillips...

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Appeals court tosses veterans’ lawsuits over burn pits

Military veterans who claim that the use of open burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused myriad health problems cannot move forward with dozens of lawsuits against a military contractor, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel of...

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Construction on schedule for Chico veterans outpatient clinic

Roughly a year after the groundbreaking ceremony, the walls of the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic are going up in southeast Chico. After months of foundation, underground and street work, the clinic is moving toward its opening in 2019. It is located...

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State money pushes Preston veterans home closer to reality

A veteran’s home proposed for Fillmore County received a $10.2 million boost from the state last month. The proposed facility was part of a public works construction bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 30. According to city administrator Joe Hoffman, the current...

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VA Discloses Rankings of 133 Nursing Homes

The Department of Veterans Affairs revealed its internal rankings of 133 VA nursing homes nationwide, allowing veterans and their families to see where their local facilities land in a one-to-five rating system. The VA posted the performance ratings onto its...

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New Veterans Affairs Clinic Moves Forward

Plans are rolling forward for the new Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic near Chums Corner. The Demas T. Craw Department of Veterans Affairs VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic will be located at 701 U.S. 31 South, just north of Chums Corner. Early this spring, the VA...

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VA clinic doubles in size in new Deltona location

The opening of the newly relocated VA clinic was celebrated Tuesday morning by local leaders, employees and West Volusia veterans alike. Veteran and Deltona resident Phillip Loranger said bringing the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic to...

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New VA Clinic Opens In Morris County

A new Veteran's Affair clinic and services office opened in Morris Township earlier this week. The new center is located within Morris View Healthcare Center, and is three times larger than the old VA center. The center opened on Thursday with a ceremony held by...

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Upgrades at VA praised by U.S. Rep. Banks

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks walked into the remodeled lobby of Fort Wayne's VA Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. It includes the “Veteran Sound Off Board,” where military veterans can jot down ideas for improvements at the medical center. Banks later examined fourth-floor...

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Virtual future of medicine

Last month, the Madigan Army Medical Center opened its new Virtual Critical Care Center (VC3). "It is a location where telecritical clinicians (nurses, doctors, and someday other specialties like pharmacists, respiratory therapists and nutritionists) can use...

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VA Choice program won’t run out of money this week

Patients using the Veterans Affairs Choice program for medical care won’t see appointments interrupted in the next two weeks, even if it takes the White House a few extra days to sign new funding for the service into law. VA officials repeatedly warned this month that...

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Lawmakers eye more dramatic management changes at VA

House lawmakers on Tuesday hinted at continued dramatic shake-ups at Veterans Affairs in months to come, this time taking aim at the department’s health management structure for a complete overhaul. Republicans and Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee...

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Brian Mast Named to House Veterans Affairs Committee

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., whose name has garnered buzz as a contender to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has been named to the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee. Mast made the announcement of his new assignment on Wednesday. At the start...

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Groundbreaking eye surgery has Airmen seeing careers saved

 Every year, Air Force Academy Cadets and Airmen are found to have eyesight conditions that can disqualify them from flight status, according to Academy ophthalmologists. For patients with progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia, the odds of their careers ending...

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VA Medical System Staggers as Chaos Engulfs Its Leadership

At first, it was one doctor quitting the tiny Ukiah Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Northern California. Then another left, and another, until of the five doctors there a year ago, only one remained. The Veterans Choice Act, passed by Congress amid scandalous...

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Plans move ahead for new VA health center in Cape Girardeau

Nearly four years after Congress approved initial funding for construction of a new veterans health care center in Cape Girardeau, final design work is slated to begin soon, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Angela Smith, public affairs officer...

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Bainbridge VA clinic to move to Oneonta

A federal Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Bainbridge will be moving to Oneonta, an Albany VA representative confirmed Monday. The VA is in the process of looking for an Oneonta location, but no timeline was indicated by spokesperson Joseph Trusso. Trusso said...

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Navajo Nation Approves $2.4 Million for Veterans Facility

The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care. Navajo Nation council members voted 19-0 this week to give $2.4 million toward the construction of a service center for...

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Air Force lab puts medical devices through their paces

“We break stuff,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brandi Ritter, chief of the Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity, showing off the facility where her unit tests the devices medical Airmen use to complete their mission. “Well, maybe that’s not completely accurate,”...

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Debunking the VA Privatization Myth

There is no effort underway to privatize VA, and to suggest otherwise is completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues surrounding Veterans’ health care.  Facts Debunk the Privatization Myth: A Two-Decade Comparison...

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VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which...

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GSA Unveils Plan for Commercial Online Shopping Portal

Following instructions from Congress to create a new online shopping system leveraging existing commercial practices, the General Services Administration (“GSA”), in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), has released an implementation plan...

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Indianapolis VA director: We remain laser-focused

It’s a rare week that Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s name isn’t in the national news. But the head of the Indianapolis VA facility said he and his staff aren’t letting news reports get in the way of the care they provide to Indiana’s...

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Naval Hospital Jacksonville changes command

Capt. David Collins turned over leadership of Naval Hospital Jacksonville (comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics) to Capt. Matthew Case during a change of command ceremony at the hospital on March 16. Over 500 staff, family, friends, and guests...

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Fayetteville VA medical center names new director

A 32-year veteran of the Army has been named the new director of the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. James Laterza, who retired from the Army last summer, has been appointed to the job at the VA. As director, he will oversee delivery of health care to...

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MOAA Presses Congress to Pass Veterans Health Care Reform

MOAA urged lawmakers to strike a bipartisan deal to replace VA Choice and consolidate existing community-care programs during a Wednesday joint House-Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. A year has passed without an agreement in Congress to replace the VA Choice program,...

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Trump considering Rick Perry to take over Veterans Affairs

President Trump is considering replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Energy Secretary Rick Perry. A source familiar with the White House discussions tells the Associated Press that Trump has floated the notion of the Cabinet reshuffle as a...

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