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County Teams with Co-op to Bring Telemedicine to Veterans
Oct 15, 2018 - Describes a collaboration between a rural Kentucky county's library, a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, and a rural telecom cooperative to offer medical services to veterans using telemedicine. The service, called the "Virtual Living Room," allows veterans to use the library's computers and broadband internet, provided by the co-op, to connect with their doctors at the VA hospital.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Secretary Perdue Announces $9.4 Million to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers
Oct 12, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced funding through the USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers programs. This $9.4 million will provide enhanced training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Panel Studies Ways to Reduce Suicide Among Oklahoma Veterans
Oct 5, 2018 - The Oklahoma Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee met to discuss veteran suicide in Oklahoma. 21% of suicides in the state are veterans. Of Oklahoma veterans who have committed suicide, 80% were diagnosed with depression and 16% were diagnosed with PTSD. One of the issues identified was access related to veterans having to drive long distances for care.
Source: Owasso Reporter
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CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program Federal Register
Oct 3, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking comment on a new matching program between CMS and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) entitled "Verification of Eligibility for Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through a Veterans Health Administration Plan." Under this program, VHA will provide CMS, when requested and authorized to do so, information related to an individual's health insurance eligibility under a VHA health plan when they are applying or enrolled in a private plan through the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange. Comments are due by November 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response
Sep 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving to add naloxone to AED cabinets in its buildings across the country to provide quick access to the opioid overdose reversal medication. Veterans are nearly twice as likely to overdose. Although there is not a conclusive explanation for this discrepancy, it can be partially explained by combat exposure which can increase their mental health needs as well as cause injuries that would make them more likely to have been prescribed opioids.
Source: NPR
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VA Releases National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016
Sep 26, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of veteran suicide data, which includes both national and state-level data from 2005 to 2016. Although the overall rate of veteran suicide decreased from 2015 to 2016, the rates among 18-34 year olds continues to rise. The rates of suicide are highest among this group.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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VA: Definition of Domiciliary Care Federal Register
Sep 25, 2018 - Notice of a final rule from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amending the agency's definition of domiciliary care. This revised definition encompasses the VA's Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) and clarifies that domiciliary care provides temporary, not permanent, residence to affected veterans. The rule is effective on October 25, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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For Rural Veterans, Accessing VA Care Can Mean Hours In The Car
Sep 21, 2018 - Looks at some of the extreme distances that veterans in New Hampshire and Vermont are traveling to get care for various health issues and the Disabled American Veterans services that are helping them get there.
Source: KPBS
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VA: Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting Federal Register
Sep 17, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee on October 9-10, 2018. Agenda items include updates from VA leadership, the Director of the Office of Rural Health, and Committee Chairman, as well as presentations on general healthcare access.
Source: Federal Register
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Telehealth Videoconferencing Promotes Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts in Rural Facilities
Sep 6, 2018 - Discusses a pilot project at two rural U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. This project used telehealth to connect these facilities with an infectious disease physician for weekly, hour-long meetings to discuss specific cases and make necessary changes to improve antibiotic stewardship.
Source: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
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