More than 238K veterans awaiting care died before getting it | Compounding pharmacy agrees to pay $8.4M to settle Tricare fraud allegations | Hospitals could be shuttered by VA to deal with $2.5B budget hole
 
July 15, 2015
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More than 238K veterans awaiting care died before getting it
More than 238,650 of the 847,882 veterans listed as pending for enrollment in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system as of April died before receiving care, according to a leaked report from the VA Health Eligibility Center and the VA Office of Informatics and Analytics. The Huffington Post (7/13)
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Compounding pharmacy agrees to pay $8.4M to settle Tricare fraud allegations
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Blanding Health Mart Pharmacy agreed to pay more than $8.4 million to settle charges that the compounding pharmacy billed Tricare for improper and unnecessary pain drugs. WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) (7/15)
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Veterans Health Administration
Hospitals could be shuttered by VA to deal with $2.5B budget hole
The Department of Veterans Affairs may have to close some hospitals, furlough staff, institute hiring freezes and take other steps to close a $2.5 billion budget shortfall, VA officials told Congress on Monday. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/13)
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VA funds Million Veteran Program studies
The Department of Veterans Affairs will release funds to support four studies in substance use, kidney disease and heart disease that will access and use military, lifestyle, clinical and genetic data of over 390,000 veterans in the Million Veteran Program database. VA centers in Atlanta and Boston will study how genes affect cardiovascular risk factors. Centers in Connecticut and Philadelphia will look at chronic alcohol, opioid and tobacco use. The Tennessee Valley center will study kidney disease. Centers in Philadelphia and Palo Alto, Calif., will examine metabolic conditions. Health Data Management (7/8)
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AHRQ initiative will share clinical decision support tools
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is introducing a program to share point-of-care clinical decision support tools based on patient-centered outcomes studies. The program will establish a PCOR CDS Learning Network to identify needs and bring together researchers and developers of shareable tools. Healthcare Informatics online (7/13)
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Health and Medical Research
Researchers seek donations of veterans' brains
Researchers conducting studies on post-traumatic stress and blast-related traumatic brain injury are seeking postmortem donations of veterans' brains, regardless of whether the person had either condition. There is "no substitute for looking at the neurons themselves," said research consortium director Matthew Friedman. Army Times (7/12)
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