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


Forward Observer — President Trump signs S. 544, The Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act

April 20, 2017

Click on image for the Military.com article

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Yesterday, the President signed Senate Bill 544 into law.  It extended and amended the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.  Otherwise, the controversial Veterans Choice (Card) Program would have expired in August, although $1 billion of the original $10 billion remained in the account and the number of veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system using  private care, under VA direction, had risen from approximately 10 to 33 percent.   Essentially, the bill was a no-brain’er, as no doubt the good senator from Montana, Jon Tester (D), would himself admit.  It was not a remarkable feat on the part of the Congress or the President — or the VA. Read the rest of this entry »


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 — Veterans Choice Program about to be extended

April 10, 2017

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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


LVMAC Tidbit — VA and Social Security Partner to Speed Up Disability Decisions for Veterans

November 9, 2016

VA LogoSomething smart and good for our veterans has just occurred.   The VA and Social Security are more tightly integrating their exchange of information.  In this case, it is over healthcare records needed for Social Security Disability Insurance ratings and decisions.  Yes, one may be eligible for both the VA and Social Security disability programs.  Hopefully all our area hospital networks are part of this scheme.  For the full story, click on VA and Social Security Partner to Speed Up Disability Decisions for Veterans.

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As of 9 November 2016


LVMAC Tidbit — Prosthetics Fair Just Announced

October 25, 2016
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As of 24 October 2016


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