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Rural Veterans and Access to Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jun 29, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the launching of a digital COVID-19 screening tool to help Veterans access medical care during the coronavirus pandemic. Caregivers and VA healthcare workers can use the tool on their mobile phones before entering facilities, reducing wait times and lowering exposure risk and stress.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Jun 8, 2020 - The Journal for Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) scholarly journal, announced its 2020 Article of the Year, "Utilization of Interactive Clinical Video Telemedicine by Rural and Urban Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration Health Care System." The article explores the potential uses of clinical video telemedicine (CVT) in integrated healthcare systems, highlighting the use of CVT in the Veterans Health Administration and how its increased access to care for rural veterans.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Jun 5, 2020 - Notice of rule from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) revising regulations for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) to relax the requirement for in-person home visits during COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure the safety and well-being of veterans, caregivers, and VA clinical staff. This rule is effective June 5, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is teaming up with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation to build teleoncology programs that reach veterans in rural communities. The Foundation will provide $4.5 million in grants to the VA to establish a national teleoncology center.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
May 26, 2020 - Highlights the Department of Veterans Affairs Women's Health Mini-Residency for Primary Care Rural Providers and Nurses program. The program uses a combination of online and on-site training intended to increase healthcare providers' skills related to women's health.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
May 12, 2020 - Notice of interim final rule and comment request from the Department of Defense to provide exceptions related to telehealth services provided by TRICARE-authorized providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This interim rule is effective on May 12, 2020 through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 6/30/2020