Veterans Affairs

E-prescribing needed for VA, government watchdog says

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Department of Veterans Affairs clinicians and pharmacists should be able to order medications electronically and track dispensing of controlled prescription drugs, among other best practices, according to a government report.

All veterans would be eligible for VA hospice care under House bill

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All veterans would be entitled to hospice care if recently introduced federal legislation becomes law. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) introduced the "Care for Our Heroes Act" Thursday in the House of Representatives.

Divurgent, Medsphere Systems team up

Divurgent, a healthcare IT consulting group, has announced a strategic partnership with Medsphere Systems Corporation.

Staff understanding of MDS Quality Indicators is 'mediocre at best,' study finds

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Frontline staff in long-term care facilities generally do not have a firm grasp on Minimum Data Set Quality Indicators, largely due to a lack of involvement with the MDS, according to a recently published survey.

Program cut MRSA by a third in VA facilities, analysis finds

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A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

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By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

The aging of the American population and the healthcare issues that go with it are creating a demographic earthquake that will shake our current system of healthcare to the core. We are on our way to becoming a nation of caregivers, a job description we are largely unprepared to fill.