LVMAC Tidbit — Rep. Dent and Sec. Shulkin discuss VA healthcare; LVMAC was there

April 21, 2017

Click on image for Morning Call article and video.

What was not mentioned is Alexander Alex, the co-chair of our Healthcare in Our Community initiative, pressed for a health delivery system similar to TRICARE, the  Department of Defense healthcare system.  See also yesterday’s blog article on the extension of the Veterans Choice program.

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As of 14 April 2017


LVMAC Tidbit — Wilkes-Barre VA seeks to establish a Veteran and Family Advisory Council

April 20, 2017

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May be heavily hospital-oriented initially, but it is also a way to feed new thoughts to the staff about customer service and events elsewhere.  A vast portion of their activities are outside that pleasure dome known as Wilkes-Barre VA Hospital.

Yes, it is an old idea with a face lift, but it may now be worth a shot. The VA is changing.

The statement “Ability to see beyond his/her own personal experience,” is key. If you are going to talk about yourself first, you are not looking out for others.

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As of 20 April 2017


LVMAC Tidbit — Finally, a Lehigh Valley Boots to Business Workshop

April 18, 2017

Date:  June 2nd, 2017
Location:  CareerLink 555 Union Blvd. Allentown, PA
Time: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm

Register at: https://sbavets.force.com

For questions, contact: Shannon Degiglio, (610) 382-3082, shannon.degiglio@sba.gov

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LVMAC Tidbit — Baby Boomer Vet? Get your Hep-C screening

April 17, 2017

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LVMAC Tidbit — VA’s new online tool helps Veterans make informed health care decision: VAntage Point

April 14, 2017

Click on the image to see the VAntage Point article and how to use it.

This is a step forward which local health networks might want to emulate.  They should at least participate.

Regardless of the controversy which stimulated it, such willingness on the part of the VA to be transparent should prove useful to toward improving the quality of and the understanding of the state of healthcare, if the effort fulfills its promise.  It is a brave step on their part.

Here is a rhetorical question: would private sector healthcare have similar or worse problems, if it were held to the same standards and expectations that veterans ask of its VA?  Such user-oriented, tools might help all.

Click here to go directly to the tool itself.

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As of 12 April 2017


LVMAC Tidbit — 2016 marks first year of zero combat amputations since the start of the Afghan, Iraq wars | Health.mil

April 12, 2017

An analysis by the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR) recently reported 2016 marks the first year of zero combat amputations since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began.

Source: 2016 marks first year of zero combat amputations since the start of the Afghan, Iraq wars | Health.mil

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As of 31 March 2017


LVMAC Tidbit — Veterans Choice Program about to be extended

April 10, 2017

VA Logo

S.544, a bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes, headed to the President for signature on 7 April.  This was relatively easy to do as the there was still $1 billion in the account.

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As of 10 April 2017


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