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VA seeks $782M for electronic health records overhaul

Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday seeking $800 million to begin an overhaul of the VA’s electronic health records – an initiative nearly 20 years in the making. The VA is close to entering into a contract with Cerner Corp., the health information technology company it chose to implement a new electronic health records system. But first, Congress must allow the VA to reappropriate $782 milli ... More

VA: 87 veterans on secret delayed waiting list for care in 2017

By Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say an unauthorized, secret waiting list for psychotherapy appointments at Omaha's VA hospital delayed care for 87 veterans this year. Letters addressed to Iowa Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse — all Republicans — blamed the unauthorized list on "training deficiencies" involving the hospital's medical support assistants, the Omaha World-Herald reported&n ... More

VA misdiagnosis cost pilot his job, veteran alleges

Tony Rizzo The Kansas City Star A Kansas City man has filed suit alleging that he lost his job as an airline pilot after Veterans Affairs doctors misdiagnosed him with bipolar disorder. William Royster is seeking $35 million in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. It is a refiling of a previous suit that Royster voluntarily dismissed last September. Royster is a former U.S. Navy pilot who was injured in 1996 when his plane was shot down by a Japanese navy ship during a training exerci ... More

VA offers beds to nursing home residents in need after Irma

David J. Neal Miami Herald After Wednesday’s death of eight residents of a Hollywood nursing home steaming without air conditioning, U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin announced Thursday that the agency will open available beds to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. “We will continue to look for ways to relieve the hardship this powerful storm has caused,” Shulkin said. “Much of the heavy-lifting to recover from the hurricane is still ... More

VA appeal wait times target of new legislation

Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — Congress is trying again to shorten the amount of time that veterans must wait to receive their government benefits, which has climbed to an average of three years if a veteran is forced to appeal a claim that is denied, a Department of Veterans Affairs official said Tuesday. Lawmakers, veterans organizations and VA officials agree the problem is an appeals process that they’ve described for years as “cumbersome,” “antiquated” ... More