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VA's improvements to Veteran community care under MISSION Act on track for June 6 implementation
04/22/2019 04:04 PM EDT
As the one-year anniversary of President Trump's signing of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 approaches on June 6, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making significant strides in implementing major improvements to community care for Veterans.
Molecular delivery system takes arthritis drugs directly to joints
Molecular delivery system takes arthritis drugs directly to joints - Photo: ©iStock/TharakornPhoto: ©iStock/Tharakorn
Baltimore VA Medical Center researchers developed a technique to deliver arthritis medication directly to the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis drugs can cause bad reactions when healthy organs are exposed. The researchers developed a molecular substance (a peptide ligand called ART-2) that could home in on inflamed joints. A molecular structure called a liposome is coated in ART-2, with the arthritis drug inside. When injected into the body, the drugs go directly to inflamed joints, meaning that other organs are not exposed. When given to rats, the therapy was more effective at stopping arthritis than injection of the same drug without the ART-2. This type of treatment could have many advantages over conventional arthritis therapy, according to the researchers. (Nanomedicine (London), April 2, 2019)\
Prescription Refills for Veterans on the Road
The Women Veterans Call Center is available to guide #WomenVets through understanding their VA benefits. Give them a call at
New text feature available through VA’s Women Veterans Call Center
Users may now text, call or chat to learn about resources
VA and Cigna partner to help prevent opioid misuse and improve treatment of Veterans with chronic pain
Through the partnership, VA and Cigna will also promote existing supportive resources, such as the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and Cigna’s Veterans Support Line at 855-244-6211.
VA releases mental health and suicide prevention toolkit for former Guard and Reserve members
Improving care and support for former Guard and Reserve members who were never federally activated is a critical part of VA’s suicide prevention efforts.
VA researcher links flu to heart-failure hospitalizations
VA to make new nasal spray drug available for treatment-resistant depression
Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues
Purple Heart recipients who submit initial disability compensation claims on or after April 1, 2019,
will be added to nine categories of emergent claims requiring priority processing from VBA.
One easy-to-use, intuitive website with information on VA benefits,
one place to change your address that populates to every part of VA, a
nd one application site for VA benefits and services. Find it all at a familiar web address – VA.gov.
About VA Health Benefits
If you qualify for VA health care, you’ll receive coverage for the services you need to help you get—and stay—healthy. Learn more about your health care benefits.
The Appeals process has changed
VA Decision Reviews and Appeals
VA is creating specialized geriatric clinics for older Veterans,
combining geriatric primary care, pharmacy, nursing, mental health, and social work care.
Types of Veteran ID Cards
Wounded, III, and/or Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook
Published April 2018
NRD HIGHLIGHTED PROGRAMS FOR OUR MILITARY, VETERANS AND FAMILIES
Effective Aug. 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate conditions related to the skin.
Have you received a discharge that is other than dishonorable, and also have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA? You may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E):
Native Americans have been vital to the Armed Forces for more than 200 years, and need access to local reps to help w/ benefits claims. That's why VA encourages tribal organizations to seek formal recognition to support Vets in their communities:
VA announces $200 million in funding for Grant and Per Diem Program to support homeless Veterans programs nationwide
VA announced it plans to provide approximately $200 million in fiscal year 2019 funding to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds for its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program
VA researchers work to create 3D-printed artificial lung that may revolutionize treatment of Veterans with lung disease
WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scientists at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan recently announced that they are working to create a 3D-printed artificial lung that could potentially revolutionize treatment of Veterans affected by lung disease.
VA to work directly with community providers after third-party contract expires Sept. 30
VA’s contract with Health Net Federal Services is ending on Sept. 30.
Health Net is a third-party administrator that performs certain tasks on behalf of VA for the eastern part of its Patient Centered Community Care and Veterans Choice Program community provider networks.
Fecal microbiota transplantation helps restore beneficial bacteria in cancer patients
Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have shown that autologous fecal microbiota transplantation (auto-FMT) is a safe and effective way to help replenish beneficial gut bacteria in cancer patients who require intense antibiotics during allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Therapy applied directly inside the eye best for treating uveitic macular edema
Delivery of corticosteroids directly into the eye is more effective than injections adjacent to the eye, according to results from a comparative clinical trial of macular edema in patients with noninfectious uveitis. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online today in the journal Ophthalmology.
Prescription Refills for Veterans on the Road
With OneVA, Veterans enrolled in VA health care can now easily refill their prescriptions while on the road. Register at your VAMC for this new convenient service.
VA updates disability rating schedule related to hematologic and lymphatic systems
Effective Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems.
Many Veterans may be reimbursed for travel expenses related to VA health care services
In some cases, it can pay for the costs of an ambulance or a wheelchair van. When a privately-owned vehicle is not reasonably accessible or travel by a common carrier such as a plane, train, bus, taxi, or light rail is medically necessary, Veterans may be reimbursed.
Veterans may apply for travel reimbursement by completing VA Form 10-3542 (Veteran/Beneficiary Claim for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses).
VA and Department of Labor strengthen inter-agency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for Veterans exiting homelessness
Simplify Your Search for Government Benefits
Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system and beneficiaries of CHAMPVA can enroll in the VA Dental Insurance Program beginning Nov. 12, 2018, for coverage to start Dec. 1, 2018.
Concerned about possible exposure to depleted uranium during the Gulf War? VA offers a surveillance program and a registry for #Veterans. Learn more in the Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter.
VA also maintains a registry for Veterans who are concerned about possible DU exposure during their service. If you think you were exposed to DU and would like to enroll in this registry, talk to your local Environmental Health Coordinator. You will be asked to submit a urine sample and to fill out an exposure questionnaire to screen for DU exposure. Learn more about DU and VA’s DU Follow-up Program.
Better, faster access to care through clinical pharmacists
By integrating clinical pharmacy specialists into a Veteran’s primary care team, Seckel’s program allows for Veterans to have what amounts to an extra physician who can make sure the Veteran is supported throughout their care. These specialists can also triage and manage patients with chronic diseases in a primary care setting, opening appointment slots for Primary Care Providers to address other more urgent Veteran needs.