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Graphic saying New Counting Every Veteran on the Way to Ending Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald is taking a firsthand look at the issue of homelessness among Veterans by participating in this year’s Point-in-Time Count in Los Angeles, California. The PIT Count typically takes place in locations around the country during the month of January. (1/28/15)

Graphic saying New VA Announces Single Regional Framework under MyVA Initiative - The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it is taking the first steps under the MyVA initiative to realign its many organizational maps into one map with five regions to better serve Veterans.  (1/26/15)

Graphic saying New VA Issues Statement on Denver VA Replacement Medical Center - The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to work to complete the Denver replacement VA Medical Center project without further delay while delivering the best value to taxpayers under current circumstances. The situation in Denver is unacceptable to Veterans, taxpayers and Department leadership. (1/19/15)

Graphic saying New VA and U.S. Tennis Association Foundation Partner to Make Tennis More Accessible to Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation, Inc., to make exercise more readily available to VA patients. (1/16/15)

Graphic saying New VA Announces the Appointment of New Members to Advisory Council - The Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing the appointment of new members to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses. (1/15/15)

Graphic saying New Applications Accepted for 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games - The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration began in early January and will close April 15.  (1/14/15)

VA to Pilot IBM Computer Technology to Assist Physicians in Caring for Patients - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun a two-year pilot to study innovative approaches to quickly search electronic medical records and medical literature for relevant published studies. During the pilot, VA will assess how the technology may accelerate evidence-based clinical decisions. (12/15/14)

VA Implements National Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative - As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans’ access to healthcare, VA is announcing the launch of a national Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative (HSI) to encourage diabetic Veterans receiving VA care to seek support to lower the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The new initiative will enable Veterans living with diabetes to work more closely with their VA clinicians to personalize health care goals and improve self-management of the disease. (12/10/14)

VA’s Top Doctor Named Among Top 20 Most Influential People in Healthcare - Modern Healthcare Magazine recently ranked Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Interim Under Secretary for Health, as number 19 in its annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” poll. Dr. Clancy has appeared on the publication’s notable list for 11 straight years. (12/10/14)

New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the appointment of five new members to the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. The committee was chartered on November 2, 1994, and advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the needs of the nation’s 4.7 million minority Veterans with respect to compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits and programs administered by the VA. The Committee assesses the needs of Veterans who are minority group members and recommends program improvements designed to meet their needs. The committee members are appointed to two or three-year terms. Minority Veterans comprise nearly 21 percent of the total Veteran population in the United States and its territories. (12/3/14)

VA Expands Eligibility for VA Health Care Related to Military Sexual Trauma - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under authority from the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“VACAA”), today announced expanded eligibility for Veterans in need of mental health care due to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred during their military service. This trauma is commonly known as military sexual trauma (MST). (12/1/14)

Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Removed - Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formally removed Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, from federal service. This decision followed an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General in which allegations of lack of oversight and other misconduct were substantiated. This removal action underscores VA’s commitment to hold leaders accountable and ensure that Veterans have access to quality and timely care. (11/24/14)

VA to Accept Proposals for New Scheduling System - – As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans’ access to healthcare, VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS).. The new MASS technology will help improve access to care for Veterans by providing schedulers with state-of-the-art, management-based scheduling software.  (11/21/14)

VA Implements Second Phase of Choice Card Program - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility. (11/18/14)

VA To Hold Small Business Engagement in Atlanta Next Month - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with other federal agencies and partners, will sponsor the 4th annual National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE), December 9-11, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.  (11/13/14)

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