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VA opens health care eligibility for Vietnam, Gulf War, post-9/11 Veterans under PACT Act

Categories: PACT Act, VA Benefits, VA Health

VA establishes presumptive service connection for rare respiratory cancers for certain Veterans

Categories: Gulf War Syndrome, Health, VA Benefits, VA Health

WASHINGTON — As part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda commitment to support the nation’s Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs is adding nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities due to military environmental exposures to fine particulate matter.


Fargo VA Health Care System offering COVID-19 vaccine second booster doses

Categories: COVID, VA Health

Fargo VA Women Veterans Telephone Town Hall, March 29

Categories: VA Health

Military Veterans Can Use Medical Marijuana Without Losing Eligibility For Care And Services

Categories: VA Health

Veterans can use medical marijuana without losing their eligibility for care and services, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, reported KVIA.com


Compassionate Contact Corps Virtual Volunteers Needed!

Categories: VA, VA Health

Looking for a meaningful Volunteer opportunity? Do you want to give back to our Nation’s heroes? Do you enjoy visiting and sharing stories? Then the Fargo VA has the perfect opportunity for you!


Virtual New Veteran Orientation

Categories: VA Health, VAMC

Feb 10th, 2-3:30 pm!


Virtual Heart Health Fair

Categories: VA Health

Register and win a Fitbit!


Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics across ND and northwest MN

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Health Care System will hold COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics across North Dakota and northwest Minnesota for certain eligible groups.


Fargo VA Health Care System holding free flu shot clinics in September and October

Categories: VA Health, VAMC

The Fargo VA Health Care System will hold several free flu shot clinics in September and October for Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare. For questions about eligibility, call 1-800-410-9723, extension 3428 or 3427. 


Fargo VA to host COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall March 29

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Health Care System will host a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on March 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 To participate, dial 1-872-701-0185, then enter code 404016858#.

All Veterans, their family members, and any organization or individual who works with, or on behalf of, Veterans is encouraged to participate.


Fargo VA Health Care System approved as priority for future VA Fisher House construction

Categories: VA Health

FARGO, N.D. (Jan. 4, 2020) – The Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System (HCS) is pleased to announce it has been approved as a priority for future VA Fisher House construction to provide temporary accommodations at no charge for the families and caregivers of veterans receiving care at the Fargo VA Medical Center.


VA has new options for Veterans to pay their VA Medical Care Copayments

Categories: VA Health

VA has new options for Veterans to pay their VA Medical Care Copayments.


The Fargo VA Medical Center will host a Virtual New Veteran Orientation

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Medical Center will host a Virtual New Veteran Orientation on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants need to pre-register before Nov. 12 – call (701) 239-3700 extension 4420 to pre-register and to receive instructions for how to participate.


Virtual New Veteran Orientation

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Medical Center will host a Virtual New Veteran Orientation on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants need to pre-register before Nov. 12 – call (701) 239-3700 extension 4420 to pre-register and to receive instructions for how to participate.


VA Extends Fargo VA HBOT Demonstration Program

Categories: VA Health

HOEVEN, CRAMER, ARMSTRONG: VA EXTENDS FARGO VA HBOT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM, EXPANDS PROGRAM TO INCLUDE JAMESTOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND INCREASES TREATMENT REFERRALS FOR VETERANS


Fargo VA Health Care System will hold several free drive-through influenza immunization clinics in September and October

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Health Care System will hold several free drive-through influenza immunization clinics in September and October for Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare.

For questions about eligibility, call 1-800-410-9723, extension 3428.


VA launches Rx Refill App!

Categories: VA Health

VA recently launched the “Rx Refill” App! Veterans now have another option to easily use VA health care services on the go. With Rx Refill, Veterans can request VA-issued prescription refills, monitor the status of their request, track deliveries through VA Mail Order Pharmacies and view additional VA medication information available on My HealtheVet.


Fargo VA offers Fast Tracking to VA Cancer Care

Categories: VA Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fargo VA offers Fast Tracking to VA Cancer Care

FARGO, N.D. (Oct. 8, 2019) – The Fargo VA Health Care System (HCS) is proud to announce that they are taking part in an initiative that offers eligible Veterans with active cancer who have not yet enrolled in VA the ability to “fast track” to VA oncology services.


Federal VA distributes Fact sheet on Community Care "Urgent Care"

Categories: VA Health

The Federal VA Health Care Services has distributed a new Fact Sheet to provide Veterans information on acquiring "Urgent Care" in the Community.

 

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Veterans can now join the Million Veteran Program online

Categories: VA Health

Veterans can now join the Million Veteran Program online (MVP) as part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) effort to improve the lives of Veterans through health care research and innovation.

More than 775,000 Veteran partners have already joined MVP, a national, voluntary, research initiative that helps VA study how genes affect the health of Veterans.


Mission Act Final Rule Published

Categories: VA Health

June 5, 2019

Mission Act Final Rule Published today.

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MISSION Act Community Car Prgram to Launch June 6, 2019

Categories: VA Health

President Trump signed the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act into legislation June 6, 2018, signaling an important change in how our nation’s Veterans will receive the health care they deserve.


VEText system transforming VA’s medical scheduling process

Categories: VA Health

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. 

VA introduced VEText in March and 138 VA facilities are currently using the automated interactive text-message system, which reminds Veterans of upcoming health-care appointments, allowing them easily to confirm or cancel the event.


VA Partnership with National Cancer Institute Will Boost Veteran Access to Clinical Trials

Categories: VA Health

July 10, 2018


New Dickinson, Williston VA Clinics open July 2

Categories: VA Health
FARGO, N.D. (June 18, 2018) – The new Dickinson and Williston Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) are scheduled to be fully operational and open for appointments on July 2, 2018.
The new Dickinson VA CBOC is located at 766 Elks Dr., Suite 6/H, Dickinson, N.D. 58601. The new Williston VA CBOC is located at 1542 16th St. W., Suite 300, Williston, N.D. 58801.

VA Announces Changes to Improve Delivery of Specialty Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services

Categories: VA Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2018

WASHINGTON — With a commitment to ensure Veterans receive quicker access to specialty rehabilitation services and equipment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently implemented a rapid response team to expand staffing and training, increase communication directly with Veterans and improve processes to reduce and eliminate the backlog of pending requests for prosthetic items and services. 


Fargo VA hosts Introduction to Whole Health classes April 13, 17 2018

Categories: VA Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New contract awarded for VA Clinics in Dickinson, Williston N.D.

Categories: VA Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Grafton VA clinic open for appointments on March 19

Categories: VA Health
FARGO, N.D. (March 9, 2018) – The new Grafton Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), located at 1319 11th St. West, Grafton, N.D., is scheduled to be fully operational and open for appointments on March 19.
Veterans should report to the new location for care beginning March 19. There will be no other change or interruption in medical services to Veterans. All Veteran medical records will be transferred to the new location. Hours of operation will remain 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fargo VA and CBOC's offers Advanced Care Planning

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA offers "Advanced Care Planning every day Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. at the Fargo VA Medical Center. Planning sessions are held in Room 1C-86. Those veterans located near Community Based Outreach Clinics (CBOC's) can visit their CBOC and attend via Video Conference (Call in V-TEL 9529100).

The Advanced Care Planning will offer Veterans, Spouses, Family and VA Employees an opportunity to:


VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities.

VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those costs may include hospital charges, professional fees and emergency transportation, such as ambulances.


VA Facilities Now Offer Same-day Care for Urgent Primary and Mental Health-care Needs

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a major milestone, that 100 percent of its more than 1,000 medical facilities across the country now offer same-day services for urgent primary and mental health-care needs.

 


VA Selects Providers for Dental Insurance Program

Categories: VA Health

Sept. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP).


Health IT Publisher Recognizes 11 Innovative VA Programs

Categories: VA Health

Fargo VA to host New Veteran Patient Orientation, May 24

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Medical Center (2101 Elm Street N., Fargo) will host a New Veteran Patient Orientation on May 24, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m. 

The orientation is open to all Veterans interested in learning more about the Fargo VA Health Care System. Veterans are also encouraged to bring a guest to the orientation, such as a fellow Veteran or family member. 

 

During the orientation, attendees will receive information regarding health benefits and the myriad of resources and care available within the Fargo VA Health Care System. 

 


VA Announces Adoption of American Cancer Society Mammogram Screening Guidelines

Categories: VA Health

Today (My 9, 2017), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is adopting American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting yearly mammograms by age 45 and then every other year from age 55. The guidelines apply to women at average risk for breast cancer and complement VA’s already-extensive program for breast care for Veterans.


ALERT: VA "Veterans Choice Program" has imposter number

Categories: VA Health

It has come to the attention of the Department of Veterans Affairs that a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to fraudulently "mimic" the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) phone line.  This imposter phone line may be intended to reach veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly. The VA takes this seriously and want to keep Veterans informed of hte steps VA is taking. Also, the VHA Office of Cummunity Care (VHA CC) has reported the "mimic" line to the VA Office of Inspector General for a possible civil or criminal investigation.


VA Makes Wait Times Transparent for Veterans

Categories: VA Health

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking unprecedented steps to increase transparency.  Today, VA launched a new Access and Quality Tool that provides Veterans with an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand way of accessing patient wait time and quality of care data. This tool not only provides Veterans with more information about VA services, it increases accountability and ensures VA is held to a higher standard.


Fargo VAMC holding a New Veteran Patient Orientation March 8, 2017

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Medical Center (2101 Elm Street N., Fargo) will host a New Veteran Patient Orientation, March 8, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

The orientation is open to all Veterans who are enrolled in the Fargo VA Health Care System. Veterans are also encouraged to bring a guest to the orientation, such as a fellow Veteran or family member. 

During the orientation, attendees will receive information regarding health benefits and the myriad of resources and care available within the Fargo VA Health Care System. 


Patient Access Progress update #61

Categories: VA Health

Patient Access Progress Update
Release 61 – January 12, 2017
Summary
In keeping with the commitment to improve transparency in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) processes and in accordance with Section 206 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA), VA today released the latest update of facility-level patient access data and is highlighting notable access improvements. In this release, VA is providing one report:

1. Pending Appointments (Snapshot of Data on January 1, 2017)*


VA to Provide Fertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses

Categories: VA Health

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to eligible Veterans and spouses.  VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) services to Veterans as part of the medical benefits package.  This interim final rule authorizes IVF for a Veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the Veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans’ outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions.

Categories: VA Health

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans’ outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt Veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the medication of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P) would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years. 


VA Works with Veteran-Run Company ID.me to Offer Veterans More Secure, Convenient Online Services

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, with help from Veteran-run small business ID.me, Veterans will now be able to manage their own health care and benefits online more simply and safely. Vets.gov now meets the “Level of Assurance 3” (LOA3) information assurance standard, which will allow VA to offer Veterans more features on a single convenient site. This is the highest level of security used to protect user data and privacy, and VA is a leader in both the government and private sectors with an LOA3 logon account.


Fargo VA holds New Veteran Patient Orientation, Nov. 9

Categories: VA Health

The Fargo VA Medical Center (2101 Elm Street N., Fargo) will host a New Veteran Patient Orientation, Nov. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The orientation is open to all Veterans who are enrolled in the Fargo VA Health Care System. Veterans are also encouraged to bring a guest to the orientation, such as a fellow Veteran or family member.

During the orientation, attendees will receive information regarding health benefits and the myriad of resources and care available within the Fargo VA Health Care System.

Tours of the Medical Center will be available after the orientation.


Fargo VA begins new Veterans Choice Program initiative to help Choice-eligible Veterans better coordinate their medical care in their communities

Categories: VA Health
Beginning Oct. 4, Veterans enrolled in the Fargo VA Health Care System who are eligible for the Choice program will now be able to work directly with VA staff located in Fargo to help schedule and coordinate community medical care appointments.
Entitled the Choice Program Care Coordination initiative, Veterans can contact the Fargo VA Health Care System Clinical Resource Management Department at 866-517-9363 to facilitate their healthcare needs in their respective communities.

Grafton VA clinic moving to new location in April 2017

Categories: VA Health
The Fargo VA Health Care System has awarded a lease at a new site for its Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Grafton, N.D.
The approximately 3,000 square-foot space, located at 1215 11th Street West, Grafton, N.D., is expected to be ready for occupancy by April of 2017. The contract with Construction Managers, Inc., is a 10-year lease.

Fargo VA Health Care System holding free flu clinics September through November in North Dakota, Minnesota

Categories: VA Health
The Fargo VA Health Care System will hold free flu shot clinics for enrolled Veterans from September through November in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Below are dates, times and locations enrolled Veterans can receive their free flu shots:
Fargo VA Medical Center 3rd floor auditorium:
 Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 Oct. 12, Nov. 2 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Veterans Who Need Routine Audiology and Optometry Appointments Will Soon Be Able to Directly Schedule

Categories: VA Health

Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral – a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets Veterans into appointments quicker.


VA Secretary Grants Relief for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Categories: VA Health

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disability compensation examinations conducted between 2007 and 2015.

 

Equitable relief is a unique legal remedy that allows the Secretary to correct an injustice to a claimant, where VA is not otherwise authorized to do so within the scope of the law. 


VA Announces Telemental Health Clinical Resource Centers During Telemedicine Association Gathering

Categories: VA Health

As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works to improve Veterans’ access to health care, its telehealth services play an integral role in that process, said Dr. David J. Shulkin, VA’s Under Secretary for Health.  Dr.


VA Expands Hepatitis C Drug Treatment

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is now able to fund care for all Veterans with hepatitis C for Fiscal Year 2016 regardless of the stage of the patient’s liver disease. The move follows increased funding from Congress along with reduced drug prices.


Veterans With PTSD Symptoms Respond Well To Treatment

Categories: VA Health

There is hope for the many soldiers who deal with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), researchers examining how to effectively treat veterans reported.

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Technology Brings VA Doctors and Veterans Together outside the office

Categories: VA Health

Telemedicine — also called telehealth — is the practice of utilizing technology to help patients keep in touch with their doctors. It is reducing wait times and preventing unnecessary office visits, according to some who are using it.

Giving people an opportunity to reach their doctors from the comfort of their own homes is providing “the right care at the right time at the right place,” said Jason Hall, a registered nurse and care-coordination monitor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.


VA Announces Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON – Veterans can now work directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve debt collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing. In step with MyVA’s efforts to modernize VA’s customer-focused, Veteran-centered services capabilities, a Community Care Call Center has been set up for Veterans experiencing adverse credit reporting or debt collection resulting from inappropriately billed Choice Program claims. Veterans experiencing these problems can call 1-877-881-7618 for assistance.


VA Improves Timeliness of Provider Payments

Categories: VA Health

Modification Enhances Veterans Access to Receive Timely, High-Quality Care


Veterans With Incomplete Health Care Applications Receive Additional Year to Enroll

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will extend the healthcare enrollment application period for one year to approximately 545,000 living Veterans that have pending incomplete enrollment applications.


VA Improves Veterans Crisis Line

Categories: VA Health

Canandaigua, NY – Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson today announced improvements to enhance and accelerate progress at the Veterans Crisis Line, which serves as a life-saving resource for Veterans who find themselves at risk of suicide.


Fargo VA teams up with American Heart Association to fight Veteran heart disease

Categories: VA Health
FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo VA Medical Center will host a Heart Health Fair and Go Red for Women expo on Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the medical center’s 3rd floor auditorium.
The Heart Health Fair is an effort to raise awareness of heart and vascular disease for all Veterans while the Go Red for Women expo, an American Heart Association program, places special emphasis on heart disease in women Veterans. The event is free and open to all VA-enrolled Veterans.

VA Makes Changes to Veterans Choice Program

Categories: VA Health

VA Makes Changes to Veterans Choice Program

Changes Remove Barriers and Expands Access to Care


VA Patient Access Progress Update

Categories: VA Health

Patient Access Progress Update

Release 34 – November 19, 2015

Summary

 


Fargo area veterans lose nine tons in 10 years with MOVE! program

Categories: VA Health

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Veterans at the Fargo VA Health Care System have lost nine tons in the 10 years since the clinic began using the national MOVE! program.

This afternoon, coordinators manned an information booth marking the anniversary.

MOVE! provides free services emphasizing healthy nutrition, exercise and behavior changes.

New this year, the VA is rolling out a mobile app. It helps participants set, track and achieve weight loss goals.


Fargo VA to Host Free Flu Shot Clinics for Vets

Categories: VA Health

FARGO – The Fargo VA Health Care System has scheduled several free flu shot clinics for enrolled veterans at the Fargo VA Medical Center and other community-based outpatient clinics during September and October.

Some of the area locations, dates and times include:

Fargo VA Medical Center third-floor auditorium:

• Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to noon.

• Oct. 7, 13, 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


VA Says it May Shut Down Hospitals to Close $2.5B Budget Gap

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs may have to shut down some hospitals next month if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall for the current budget year, VA officials warned Monday.

The VA told Congress that it needs to cover shortfalls caused by an increased demand by veterans for health care, including costly treatments for hepatitis C. The agency also is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other steps to close a funding gap for the budget year that ends Sept. 30.


North Dakota VA Clinics Offer High-Tech Health Care

Categories: VA Health

There are 8 Veteran Affairs clinics across North Dakota, but only one hospital, and it's all the way on the east side of the state.

Often times, it's too difficult for many of our vets to travel to Fargo, but now they're offering a more high-tech option.

Brittney Jacob is the Bismarck VA Clinic's TeleHealth technician, and helps around 3,800 patients meet with Fargo doctors through computers and cameras.

So rather than driving 3 hours every few months, they can make an appointment and connect with physicians in seconds.


VA Announces Rollout of Secure Veteran Health Identification Cards

Categories: VA Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    
February 20, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced  the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran Health Identification Cards. The new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. 


VA Initiative Shows Early Promise in Reducing Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated a multi-faceted approach to reduce the use of opioids among America’s Veterans using VA health care.   The Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) is a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of Veterans suffering from chronic pain. 


Female Veterans Press VA Hospitals to Meet Their Needs

Categories: VA Health

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trista Matascastillo remembers arriving at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in 2010 for an exam and thinking the hospital didn't quite get the needs of female veterans.

The exam room, for instance, opened onto the patient waiting area, she said. She had to ask that the door be closed. It was a tiny detail, one Matascastillo said staff fixed quickly. But the 16-year veteran keeps the story close by now that she is part of an effort to help the center improve care for women.


Survey to decide fate of Hot Springs VA hospital

Categories: VA Health

Friday, January 10, 2014
By CHABELLA GUZMAN Staff Reporter

Area Veterans may be looking at a longer trip for medical attention if the VA Black Hills Health Care System’s Environmental Impact Statement comes back against the VA hospital in Hot Springs, S.D.

“We take about 10 people a week to Hot Springs,” said John Brehm, director of Scotts Bluff County Veterans Service Office. “I know a lot of them drive up on their own, since they don’t want to wait on the van.”


VA Partners with Kaiser Permanente

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is collaborating with Kaiser Permanente, a leading member of the health care industry, to pool resources and ideas to solve some of the largest and most complex challenges in VA health care. "VA is always on the lookout for opportunities for partnerships with the private sector and other federal agencies to enhance care for Veterans,"said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.


Hoeven Presses VA Secretary to Allow Veterans in Western ND to Get Health Care Services Locally, Prevent Long Travel to Fargo VA

Categories: VA Health

Mar 27,2014 | WASHINGTON – At a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Senator John Hoeven pressed Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki and VA Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel to allow veterans in western North Dakota to access health care services in the local community when available.


VA Mail-Order Pharmacy Receives Highest Score in Mail Order Segment of J.D. Power Study

Categories: VA Health

WASHINGTON -- For the fourth consecutive year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy receives the highest customer satisfaction score among the nation’s public and private mail-order pharmacies, according to a respected, independent study. “Our Nation’s Veterans deserve a first-class pharmacy as a part of the exceptional health care available,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “It is an honor to hear from Veterans that we are delivering on that commitment.”


VA Offers Dental Insurance Program

Categories: VA Health
WASHINGTON (Nov. 13, 2013) – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today.   
 

DOD Electronic Health Records Help VA Disability Claims

Categories: VA Health

By Terri Moon Cronk | American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014

The Defense Department has made troops' health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said.


VA To Look At Closing Hot Springs Facility

Categories: VA Health

Local News by Kirsten Swanson last edited on Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The Department of Veteran Affairs announced Tuesday night that the VA Black Hills Health Care System will initiate an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to look at proposed reconfiguration of services at the Hot Springs VA Facility.

Secretary Eric Shinseki met with South Dakota representatives Tuesday to announce that the VA would move forward with plans that could potentially close the Hot Springs VA.


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