Most Clicked AMSUS SmartBrief Stories

1. More than 238K veterans awaiting care died before getting it

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

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 (07/13)

2. Hospitals could be shuttered by VA to deal with $2.5B budget hole

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

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) (07/13)

3. IG finds cost overruns, scheduling problems in PC3 program

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

Veterans referred to civilian health care providers under the Patient-Centered Community Care program are experiencing delays in care, and the program is wasting money, Department of Veterans Affairs inspectors report. Contractors are scheduling appointments for veterans without consulting with them, resulting in missed appointments, and VA staffers are not providing timely authorizations to contractors, inspectors found. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (07/02)

4. House to vote on funding to cover VA's budget shortfall

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

The House is scheduled to vote today on a highway spending bill that includes an amendment to provide $3.35 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The funds would help fill a budget gap that VA officials have said would force the closure of several hospitals and clinics. Army Times (07/29)

5. Transgender policy must address fitness standards, health coverage

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Officials working on policy changes as the military moves to lift restrictions on transgender troops have many questions to address. Among them: When do transgender service members start going by new dress code and grooming standards? What changes, if any, will there be to fitness standards? What hormone therapies or reassignment surgeries might the military health care system provide? (07/19)

6. 41,500 medical jobs go unfilled at VA

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

The Veterans Health Administration had 41,500 job openings for doctors, nurses, psychologists, physician assistants and other health care providers as of late June, according to an analysis of federal records. Inadequate staffing has forced the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover some $7.7 billion in civilian-provided care for veterans, according to VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. USA Today (07/23)

7. Compounding pharmacy agrees to pay $8.4M to settle Tricare fraud allegations

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 15, 2015

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.) (07/15)

8. Bill to give all veterans VA ID cards on its way to Obama

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2015

U.S. News & World Report (07/07)

9. Veteran turned away at 2 VA clinics draws lawmakers' attention

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

A veteran seeking a mental health appointment was turned away at two Department of Veterans Affairs clinics in Georgia last month, and VA officials say they don't know whether this is happening at other facilities. Former Army Spc. Chris Dorsey went to a second facility after being told that the first clinic wasn't accepting new patients. He recorded his encounter at the second clinic and posted it online, drawing the attention of lawmakers and media. Navy Times (07/16)

10. Hospital in Beirut emerges as leader in conflict medicine

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

The staff at American University of Beirut Medical Center is using advanced technology, such as 3D printing and autologous stem-cell grafting, to treat victims of bomb blasts. Multidisciplinary teams recruited from some of the world's best medical facilities are treating the war-wounded and developing and testing remote collaboration tools. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/28)

Sign up for AMSUS SmartBrief

Designed specifically for healthcare professionals working in federal agencies, AMSUS SmartBrief is a FREE, weekly e-mail newsletter. By providing the latest need-to-know industry news and information, AMSUS SmartBrief saves you time and keeps you smart. Learn more