U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

New costs worries about over-budget Aurora VA hospital emerge during hearing before Congress

WASHINGTON — Federal auditors raised new concerns Wednesday about the cost of the yet-unfinished VA hospital in Aurora — worries that follow …

Department of Veterans Affairs

Army vet sues US after discovering scalpel in his pelvis 4 years after surgery

A recent lawsuit filed by a 61-year-old Army veteran from Connecticut has gained international attention, alleging doctors "abandoned" a 5-inch …

Medicine

A Trump executive order aims to bring down veteran suicides. Will it help?

<i>The campus of the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.; Credit: Nancy Pastor for NPR</i>Libby DenkmannAbout 20 veterans kill themselves every day in the …

David Shulkin

VA hospital left scalpel in body of vet after surgery, lawsuit claims

An Army veteran from Connecticutt claims in a lawsuit that a scalpel was left inside his body after a surgery four years ago at a VA hospital, reports on Monday said.<p>Doctors discovered the instrument in Glenford Turner's abdomen during a recent MRI, Glenford Turner's lawyer said.<p>The 61-year-old …

Medicine

Fact Check: Did Trump End a VA Program for Homeless Vets?

An article published on December 6, 2017, claimed that Donald Trump’s administration had cut a Veterans Affairs program for homeless veterans while …

U.S. Politics

VA apologizes after surgery that allegedly left scalpel inside veteran for years

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Veterans Affairs Department has apologized following an incident where a scalpel was allegedly left inside the body of a veteran for years following surgery.<p>VA Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday that the department is working to address the claim and prevent future …

U.S. Politics

VA uses IT to help post opioid prescribing rates for facilities

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the first healthcare system in the country to post information on its opioid-prescribing rates, including …

David Shulkin

Malloy Names New VA Commissioner

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday nominated Thomas J. Saadi of Danbury to lead the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs.<p>Saadi, who is 48, has been …

Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Hospital In Aurora To Open In August

<b>AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)</b>– The Department of Veterans Affairs says the the VA Hospital in Aurora will open in August.Copter4 flew over the VA Hospital in …

Department of Veterans Affairs

DoD’s EHR Worries

<i>With help from Arthur Allen (@athurallen202) and Darius Tahir (</i>@DariusTahir<i>)</i><p><b>MOUNTING CONCERNS ABOUT VA’S EHR CONTRACT</b> The Defense Department and Cerner are hitting the brakes on MHS Genesis, the Pentagon’s EHR system for eight weeks starting today. Amid complaints about various aspects of the …

Health Care

One year Into Trump's presidency, agencies work to make good on his campaign promises

The first 12 months of President Donald Trump's administration showed little regard for precedent, tradition or protocol.<p>As he set about putting top …

Government

VA says it won’t study medical marijuana’s effect on veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, as veterans groups are pushing for the use of the drug as an alternative to opioids and anti-depressants.<p>In a …

Cannabis

Boycotting Trump

A budding movement among House Democrats ignores recent history.<p>A number of House Democrats have announced that they will not attend President Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, scheduled for January 30. They argue that his remarks are too dishonest and divisive to …

Tim Hortons

Trump's cognitive ability is normal, says White House doctor

<b>US President Donald Trump has shown no abnormal signs following a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, his White House doctor says.</b><p>"I have no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions," Ronny Jackson said on Tuesday.<p>Last week, Mr Trump underwent a three-hour examination …

U.S. Government

At Aurora VA hospital, adding insult to injury

When the new veterans hospital in Aurora finally opens sometime this summer — if that’s when it does in fact open — it should forever be remembered …

Department of Veterans Affairs

Scarred by real-life ‘Fauda’: Meet the champion for soldiers suffering with PTSD

Oren Or Bittoun gives speeches around the world urging veterans to talk about their experiences.<p>Oren Or Bittoun's story (YouTube/אורן אור ביטון Oren …

World News

Pennsylvania veterans deserve easier access to their prescriptions | Opinion

For most Americans, refilling a regular prescription is simple — picking up their medicine at their local pharmacy on the way home from work or while …

Health Care

In-Depth: News and views from CES 2018

Las Vegas was once again host to the annual CES conference (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show), and digital health players came out in …

Digital Health

VA establishes exam site for deported vets in Tijuana

WASHINGTON — For five years, deported Army veteran Hector Barajas-Varela has been fighting one of America’s largest bureaucracies. Now, he’s seeing …

Veterans

'Etched In My Brain': State Lawmaker's Story Of Racism Hits Home

<b>DENVER (CBS4)</b>– State lawmakers weighed in Pres. Donald Trump’s remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries as part of the legislature’s Martin …

Donald Trump

Here’s where Trump’s cabinet went to college

President Donald Trump's cabinet has already gone through a couple of changes since Trump took office — Gen. John Kelly has stepped out of his role as Homeland Security secretary in order to become White House chief of staff, and Tom Price resigned from the Department of Health and Human services …

U.S. Politics

VA publicly releases opiate prescribing rates for all its hospitals for the first time

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs began posting publicly for the first time Thursday the opiate prescribing rates at VA medical centers across the country.<p>They range from a low of 3 % percent of prescriptions issued at VA hospitals in Cleveland and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to a high of …

David Shulkin

Just Approved: VA loan helps veteran consolidate debt

<b>Mortgage broker:</b> Dominique Stevens.<p><b>Property type:</b> Single-family home in Rohnert Park.<p><b>Loan type:</b> VA 30-year fixed-rate loan.<p><b>Loan amount:</b> $755,000<p><b>Rate:</b> 3.625 percent with no points.<p><b>Backstory:</b> The Department of Veterans Affairs provides unique home loan programs for our veterans. Not only are the …

Mortgages

San Diego VA cuts opiate prescribing rate from 18% to 10%

San Diego County veterans are receiving fewer prescriptions of addictive painkillers than five years ago — as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs …

David Shulkin

DoD takes steps to expand use of telehealth services

The Department of Defense is expanding its ability to deliver telehealth services to active duty military personnel, veteran and their families by …

Department of Veterans Affairs

VA to publicly post opioid prescription rates for all facilities

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin publicly posting data on how frequently its doctors prescribe opioids to help with …

David Shulkin

Roseburg VA Has Highest Opioid Prescription Rates Nationwide

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has the highest rate of opioid prescriptions of all VA hospitals nationwide, according to data released …

Oregon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Help for vets: Trump deploys more firepower against suicides”

<b>Help for vets: Trump deploys more firepower against suicides</b><br>Editorial<br>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette<br>January 11, 2018<p>Members of the armed forces put their …

Donald Trump

Doctors at the VA Can Officially Talk to Patients About Using Weed

New guidance directs VA staff to discuss with veterans how their use of medical marijuana could interact with other prescriptions or aspects of their care.<p>“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is how many veterans have approached health care conversations about marijuana use with the doctors they see from the …

Cannabis

Sec. of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin On Trump’s Executive Order For Veterans and Combat Veterans Coming Home With CTE

President Trump signed a new executive order Tuesday aimed to reduce suicides among veterans. The order gives the secretaries of the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs 60 days to develop a plan to provide, "seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide …

Veterans