Lawmakers balk at issues with VA's $21 billion health record program

At a Senate hearing last week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough noted deficiencies in training, including a lack of a real system available for use by clinicians in advance of the go-live date for a new, integrated health care software system.

VA secretary wants to remake department's culture

Three months out from Veterans Day, the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a slate of actions aimed at improving service, laying a long-term foundation for reform, and restoring trust in the department.

White House announces actions to improve vets' mental health care

President Obama announced 19 executive actions that direct the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to improve mental health care for veterans, service members and their families.

VA seeks wants to improve health toolkit

The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking help from the medical industry in bettering its current online health “toolkit."

House, Senate conferees agree on $17 billion VA bill

The House and Senate conferees on Monday agreed on comprehensive legislation lawmakers hope will improve the quality and accessibility of Department of Veterans Affairs health care, as well as address a range of other problems currently plaguing the troubled agency.

VA nominee breezes through Senate Veterans Committee

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on July 23 unanimously approved the nomination of former Procter and Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA Office of Inspector General witness cites high error rate

Linda Halliday, a witness from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Inspector General, outlined several patterns of problems at a House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing this week.

Acting Secretary Gibson says VA has lost trust of people, vets

The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson, said that because of recent scandals affecting the agency veterans and the people have lost trust in it.

Bill would take bonuses back from VA waitlist manipulators

Two senators last week introduced a bipartisan bill that would rescind bonuses paid to Department of Veterans Affairs employees involved in manipulating electronic waitlists.

VA to reform VHA's Office of Medical Inspector

Recommendations from the Office of Special Counsel have spurred the Department of Veterans Affairs to restructure the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Medical Inspector (OMI).

VA contacts 140,000 vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs late last week released its latest twice-monthly report on veterans' access to health care at VA facilities, and announced it had increased the number of individual vets it has contacted.

Former P&G CEO named as next VA secretary

The White House announced that week that President Obama would nominate the former chief executive of Proctor & Gamble to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA medical center leaders to meet monthly with local partners

The Department of Veterans Affairs took steps this week to bolster its relationships with community health providers and veterans service organizations.

Heads of VA, OSC discuss whistleblower protection

The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs met with the head of the Office of Special Counsel to lay the groundwork for ensuring whistleblowers at the department are encouraged to speak up and are protected from retaliation.

VA launches new VHA review process, leadership search

The acting chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs last week convened a panel of experts to examine a slate of candidates as part of the department's search for the next leader of the VA health care system, and ordered a monthly review of scheduling at VA medical facilities.

VA looks to award new system by end of fiscal year

Officials say the Department of Veterans Affairs could award a patient-scheduling contract by the end of the fiscal year.

Senate bill likely to draw more vets into VA health care system, CBO says

A Senate bill aimed at improving veterans' access to care at the Department of Veterans Affairs could carry a hefty price tag, according to a preliminary assessment of one portion of the bill by the Congressional Budget Office.