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Resources by Topic: Veterans

Subcommittee on Health Oversight Hearing: Native Veterans' Access to Healthcare
Discusses the current state of healthcare access for Native American veterans. Features testimonies from representatives from the National Indian Health Board, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Alaska Native Health Board, among others.
Additional links: Witness Testimonies
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Subcommittee on Health Hearing: MISSION Critical: Care in the Community Update
Presents a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health hearing on the MISSION Act community care program. Focuses specifically on the program's coverage and consistency of care for veterans.
Additional links: Witness Statements
Date: 09/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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DAMA Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Update on VA Contracted Exams, Quality Review Process, and Service to Rural Veterans
Provides a recording and related documents from a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hearing examining rural access to timely Contracted Compensation and Pension (C&P) Exams, which are used to determine eligibility for VA benefits.
Additional links: Witness Testimony
Date: 09/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
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Making Connections: Nationwide Implementation of Video Telehealth Tablets to Address Access Barriers in Veterans
Results of a survey of 68 facility telehealth coordinators to evaluate implementation of a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to provide tablets to high-need veterans with chronic conditions. Features statistics including demographics of tablet recipients and tablet users, with breakdowns by urban, rural, and highly rural location.
Author(s): Donna M. Zulman, Emily P. Wong, Cindie Slightam, et al.
Citation: JAMIA Open, 0(0), 1-7
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Evidence Brief: Barriers and Facilitators to Use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
Report details an analysis of barriers and facilitators to administering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) that are applicable to the Veterans Health Administration. Highlights a synthesis of data extracted from a number of selected studies from 2014-2019, as well as VA data from 2006-2019. Includes data focusing on rural areas.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration
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Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder on Medication-assisted Treatment
Brief details the Veterans Health Administration's best practice on acute pain treatment for patients undergoing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Includes supplemental materials that highlight search strategies and evidence tables among other materials.
Additional links: Supplementary Materials
Author(s): Stephanie Veazie, Katherine Mackey, Donald Bourne, Kim Peterson
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration
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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): A Primer on Telehealth
Addresses how the Veterans Health Administration (VA) is using telehealth to increase access to care for veterans. Provides an overview of VA telehealth programs and requirements, the impact of the VA MISSION Act, issues for Congress to consider, and rural veterans.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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National Rural Health Association: Rural Veterans and Their Families Policy Paper
Policy position paper focused on supporting the health of rural veterans and their families from a community-based systems perspective. Addresses public-private partnerships, faith-based solutions, leveraging the stories of veterans using media, and the financial and economic security of rural veterans.
Author(s): David Albright, Carter Florence
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Mental Health Crisis in Colorado
Explores mental healthcare access in Colorado. News series from The Gazette details Colorado's mental healthcare system for youth, veterans, jails, and in rural areas, among other areas of disparity.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Gazette
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The Impact of Rural Social Workers and Patient-Aligned Care Teams
Podcast explores the impact social workers have on rural veterans' healthcare outcomes. Discusses the role social workers have in coordinating care, providing referrals, and overseeing the well-being of rural veterans.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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