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Veterans could make VA medical appointments online under a bill moving through Congress.
Herbert and Mildred “Mickey” James found love amid their service in the 120th Evacuation Hospital, which followed Gen. George S. Patton’s march to Berlin through the Buchenwald concentration camp. The couple’s twin sons also served and are pondering converting their family home near the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center into a home for elderly veterans.
Gross mismanagement, delays and lax oversight by the Veterans Affairs Department added hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of a new Denver-area VA hospital, federal investigators said Wednesday.
Jeannie Kyle is the person in charge of scheduling those 48 drivers and nine vans, and she’s racked up some impressive statistics, too. In August, the 62-year-old hospital service coordinator was honored with the Seal Award at the DAV National Convention in Atlanta for having amassed 14,000 volunteer hours.
Demanding explanations for a $1 billion cost overrun, a House panel Wednesday issued a subpoena to the Department of Veterans Affairs for documents on how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital ballooned to almost $1.7 billion.
President Barack Obama said Monday the U.S. has made serious strides in improving services for military veterans, but work remains to overcome shortcomings in the delivery of health care, housing and mental health services.
The Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center hasn’t made any progress in recruiting emergency room physicians and will continue to operate an urgent care facility for the foreseeable future.
WASHINGTON – On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide problem is getting better.
The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to comply with a law aimed at increasing the number of federal contracts awarded to small businesses owned by disabled veterans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Dr. Suzan Marshall continues to question the police explanation for her husband’s death, five months after his body was found floating on the north shore of the Spokane River.
A former physician assistant is accused of using his position to commit sexual battery and other crimes against at least seven patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas, and a lawyer says yet more victims will emerge.
Three more executives are being fired from the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital where a national scandal erupted two years ago over secret waiting lists and unnecessary deaths, the Department of Veterans Affairs said.
Massive generators kept the region’s largest hospital operating for nearly 17 hours after last year’s windstorm.
Va Piano Vineyards in south Walla Walla County is opening a new tasting room in March on the ground floor of the Davenport Hotel.
Some homeless veterans might not qualify for aid if the VA strictly enforces a rule.
A group of about 100 people in Priest River, Idaho, lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house Thursday to protest claims that federal officials plan to confiscate the man’s weapons. They were joined by Washington state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley – who described the event as a “defiance against tyranny” – and Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard, both Republicans.
Recruiting emergency room doctors remains a challenge for the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, which hasn’t made any progress since December in filling vacant positions. The VA is working with a national recruiter and advertising in outdoor magazines in an effort to entice ER doctors to Spokane, said Ron Johnson, the medical center’s interim director. In the meantime, the VA will continue to offer an urgent care clinic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, staffed with contract physicians.
The majority of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Washington are meeting timeliness goals for scheduling doctor visits, but centers in Walla Walla, Vancouver and Chehalis have yet to hit their targets. At the VA hospital in Walla Walla, the worst of the three, 4.6 percent of completed appointments were subject to delays of at least 31 days from Sept. 1 to Feb. 28, according to VA data reviewed by the Associated Press.
When the Veterans Affairs scandal was breaking last year, there was no delay from politicians and the press in identifying the villain: Sharon Helman. Helman, the former director of the Spokane VA center who had taken over the Phoenix hospital, became the face of the scandal, perhaps even more than former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. A VA inspector-general report concluded that Helman had falsified wait times and that veterans had died while waiting for care at the Phoenix hospital. In the end, she was fired by the VA in a manner that left many of the important questions unanswered and let most everyone else off the hook, despite a well-documented history of problems in Phoenix and elsewhere that pre-dated Helman.
PHOENIX — Nearly seven months after the Department of Veterans Affairs became embroiled in a nationwide scandal, the agency fired the head of its troubled Phoenix hospital amid allegations of misconduct and cover-ups.