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  • Veterans Affairs looks to cut wait times with telemedicine

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    SAN ANTONIO - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to reduce wait times with the use of telemedicine.

    Currently, one in five patients using clinics or hospitals in the VA's San Antonio system wait 30 days or more for an appointment.

    Finding ways to get veterans more timely access to medical and mental health care in the agency's top priority.

    That was the message Thursday in the Alamo City from the VA's new Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin.

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  • VA health consolidation plan faces skeptical senators

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    Lawmakers and veterans groups raised concerns Wednesday over the Veterans Affairs Department's ability to implement a consolidation plan for its community care programs, citing the department's past failures and ongoing issues in executing initiatives.

    VA announced last month an ambitious plan to consolidate seven community health care programs, including the newest and largest, Veterans Choice, into a New Veterans Choice Program, with clearer eligibility rules, improved access to care and faster payments to participating providers.

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  • VA expands Choice program for veterans

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday expanded the pool of veterans who can use the new Choice Program to get care at private hospitals and clinics, as the troubled department moved to firmly embrace the reforms Congress passed last year to clean up the wait-list scandal.

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  • Why evacuating wounded troops by air might do more harm than good

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  • VA looks to revamp private care for veterans in ambitious plan

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs will unveil a wide-reaching plan to Congress Wednesday to merge its unwieldy network of private doctors, an acknowledgement that the government cannot address a surging demand from veterans for medical care alone.

    The goal of the New Veterans Choice Program, which would combine seven of the agency’s existing private health-care programs into a single system, is to eliminate gaps in care created by a tangled bureaucracy that has inadvertently reduced rather than broaden veterans’ access to care.

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  • Fertility clinics to offer discounts to wounded veterans

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    Many of the nation’s fertility clinics plan to offer discounts on in-vitro fertilization services to veterans with service-related injuries, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproduction Technology announced Wednesday.

    Describing the law that bars the Veterans Affairs Department from providing reproductive services for injured veterans as “antiquated and unconscionable,” society officials implored Congress to overturn the 1990s-era ban.

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  • Tests, treatments for brain injury and PTSD to be focus of new nonprofit

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    A new nonprofit organization is seeking to cut the time it takes for brain injury and post-traumatic stress research to transform into treatments for those life-altering conditions.

    Cohen Veterans Bioscience, with offices in New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, hopes to facilitate development and production of diagnostic tests for traumatic brain injury and PTS as well as treatments and cures.

    About 1.7 million Americans experience head injuries each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • Poll: Veterans oppose plans to 'privatize' VA

    Type of content: News

    Veterans like choice.

    But they don't like privatization.

    That’s the bottom line from a new poll out Tuesday from the Vet Voice Foundation, designed to counter recent proposals that left-leaning advocates say would move Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals to an outsourced, privatization model.

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  • VA pitches ‘fundamental shift’ in veterans’ health care to Congress

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    The Veterans Affairs Department will meet veterans’ health care needs through closer coordination with outside hospitals, clinics and doctors, the department says in a plan its sending to Congress on Sunday .

    It is an admission that VA will never be able to meet all of veterans’ health care demands on its own. Rather, the department will focus on specialized care related to veterans’ service that other facilities cannot replicate. It may stop providing services commonly found in the health care industry.

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  • JBLM breaks ground on $11M traumatic brain-injury center

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    A public-private partnership funds a new center to treat traumatic brain injury at JBLM. The facility broke ground on Thursday.

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — By the time Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo arrived for treatment outside of Washington, D.C., he had suffered two traumatic brain injuries in two different wars and was taking more than a dozen different medications.

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