David Shulkin

Trump's efforts to privatize veterans' care causes alarm

Trump moving stealthily to privatize the VA, alarming vets groups<p>Rachel Maddow relays reports that the Donald Trump White House is looking at the …

Donald Trump

Telemedicine is still hindered by limited reimbursement

Just as part of the Black Friday madness has moved online, so too has part of Black Friday healthcare, as more people, in their Thanksgiving …

Health Care

Dear Sarah Huckabee Sanders: I’m thankful that Trump has failed

“So this is how it’s going to work today,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed the press corps Monday. She told reporters that “if you want to ask a question,” you should “start off with what you’re thankful for.”<p>Like good little girls and boys, several obliged. The …


Telehealth policy changes mean big revenue opportunities for hospitals

Telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular as the financial benefits for providers who offer it come to light. And new policy changes in …

Health Care

Trump's choice for HHS secretary made millions off pharma

<b>AZAR MADE MILLIONS OFF PHARMA —</b> HHS secretary nominee Alex Azar made nearly $2 million in his last year atop drug giant Eli Lilly’s U.S. arm before leaving in January. But since his departure, he’s continued to rake in the industry money, POLITICO's Adam Cancryn reports.<p>— <b>Looking at his lucrative</b> …

Health Care

Proposal would create a new vets insurance program, bypassing VA

WASHINGTON — A Colorado lawmaker on Tuesday introduced legislation to create an veterans health insurance program to allow them to skip the …

Health Care

Veterans Choice in need of bold reforms

With the exception of Alaska, no other state boasts more veterans per capita than Montana. But as I have personally experienced and many veterans in …


Donald Trump is shutting down his charitable foundation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's charitable foundation, which last year admitted that it violated federal rules on "self-dealing," is in the process of dissolving, according to newly filed documents reviewed by NBC News.<p>The move fulfills a promise Trump made last December, when he said he …


GOP Faces Pressure to Slow Tax Bill's Progress in Senate

Click here to get the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter delivered to your inbox.<p>The Republican leadership in the Senate is full-steam ahead on getting a tax bill passed right after Thanksgiving. But one influential GOP senator, Maine’s Susan Collins, remains skeptical , raising pressure on the …


Your Outrage Over Business Jets Is Silly

Brace yourself for a little thing called "nuance."<p>Eric Adams / The Drive<p>Eric AdamsView Eric Adams's …

Ryan Zinke

Veterans Affairs Chief Wants Bigger Role for Private Health Care

David Shulkin says hospital system should compete with outside providers<p>WASHINGTON—The top official at the Department of Veterans Affairs said he wants private-sector providers to play a larger role in veterans’ health care, a view likely to draw opposition for a Trump cabinet member who has …

Health Care

VA Secretary Shulkin seeks larger role for private healthcare

Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinCongress is working to honor America’s heroes Thank you for your service Fixing the VA …

Health Care

David Shulkin: Fixing VA 'a matter of national security'

Allowing systemic problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs to persist could ultimately put the entire country at risk, according to VA …

Sean Spicer

VA's quiet plan to widen private care with TRICARE stirs ire

As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the …

Health Care

White House officials looking into merging VA and Tricare health services

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and veterans advocates are demanding more details of a secret White House plan to merge parts of the Department of Veterans …

Health Care

L.A. County leaders make a plea to feds in push to keep funds for homeless veterans

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decided in September to put local VA officials in charge of $264 million that had previously been set aside for specific programs to help homeless veterans.<p>VA officials in Washington say the directive will help the agency’s medical directors …


Cerner data center to support DoD and VA EHRs

As the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs look to create a common shared electronic health record system, the VA is poised to benefit from …

Trump Administration

Cerner DoD overhaul coming out in waves; VA deal means 'single system' approach

The VistA replacement will be built off the MHS Genesis work already in progress for the Defense Department.

Health Care Technology

Watchdog says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke failed to properly document travel

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to keep complete records — and in some cases, kept none at all — of his travel since taking office, the agency’s watchdog told department officials this week, saying that management of Zinke’s travel was “deficient” and lacked oversight.<p>A rare alert Deputy …

U.S. Politics

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Calls On Trump And Republicans To Stop Deporting Veterans

“This Administration must do more to uphold our commitments to those who have worn the uniform regardless of their immigration status,” CHC chair Michelle Lujan Grisham told BuzzFeed News.<p>The Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday called on the Trump administration and congressional Republicans …

World News

Awful: Report Finds Link Between Veteran Suicide and VA Neglect


Conservative View

Shulkin asks Congress for $782 million to jumpstart Cerner EHR project for VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, asked the House Appropriations Military Construction-VA Subcommittee to …

Trump Administration

GOP Seeks to Salvage Senate Seat

Good morning. Here are our top stories. Click here to get the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter delivered to your inbox.<p>Republicans Seek to Derail Roy Moore and Salvage Senate Seat: Republicans, seeking to head off the first Senate Democratic victory in Alabama in decades, are grasping for ways …

U.S. Politics

Cerner EHR will bring interoperability to the VA, Shulkin says

The VA and Cerner will soon finalize their contract for the VA's new electronic health record, and VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin assured House …

Digital Health

VA indicates plan to create a single common EHR with DoD

The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to create a single common electronic health records system with the Department of Defense using a shared …


Arizona-based VA contractor collected 'tens of millions' in over payments, federal audit says

Arizona-based TriWest Healthcare Alliance has seen boom times since the VA health-care crisis, but inspectors are targeting excess payments.

Health Care

Trump Is “Not Failing” on Helping Veterans, Groups Say

Long before Donald Trump became commander-in-chief of the United States military, he was promising to quickly “fix” the Department of Veterans …

Liberal View

Inside the Fight to Study Marijuana for Vets with PTSD

The VA won't help recruit veterans for an FDA-approved trial.<p>In December 2014, Marcel Bonn-Miller, a longtime cannabis researcher at the VA in Palo Alto, California, sent a casual email to the head of research at the VA in Phoenix, Arizona. He, along with a team of researchers, had just received a …


How Cycling Is Helping Veterans Find Peace at Home

<b>For many members of our armed forces, returning home signifies the beginning of a different type of battle.</b>The laser focus that allows you to keep …

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As lenders targeted veterans with risky mortgages, VA failed to act

Veterans Affairs has had a fix in the works since the spring of 2016 but has yet to finalize it.<p>For more than a year, the Department of Veterans Affairs has known that military service members were being sold a flood of costly and risky mortgages, yet has done little to stop it. The abuses have …