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At New Steering Committee, a Revitalized Commitment to Patient Safety

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Tejal Gandhi MD

 

In late May, the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety gathered for its inaugural meeting. I am honored to co-chair this steering committee along with my friend and colleague, Tejal K. Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Clinical and Safety Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The new committee represents an exciting opportunity to re-energize the Nation’s patient safety agenda.

VA funding dispute sidelines Congress’ appropriations progress

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Funding Dispute

 

WASHINGTON — Work on a “minibus” of multiple federal agencies’ fiscal 2019 budgets was abruptly halted Thursday over a dispute regarding Department of Veterans Affairs health funds that critics say could cripple the agency in coming years.

Acting VA Secretary lauds improvement of Manchester VA Medical Center

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VA Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke met with leadership at the Manchester VA Medical Center and was granted an expansive tour of the facility nearly a year after a complete overhaul to improve conditions and improve delivery of health care to Veterans.

Hepatitis C screening initiative tests positive for saving Veterans’ lives

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Hep C Screening

 

Veterans and their families can count on the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) to deliver high quality, comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care. The healthcare system’s Strategic Plan outlines provisions currently at work, meeting the unique needs of America’s heroes.

Acting secretary visits Texas facilities looking for best practices that could be implemented nationwide

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Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke traveled to Texas this week making stops in Dallas and Lancaster to tour VA’s North Texas Health Care System, meet with leadership, lawmakers and representatives from various Veterans organizations.

Secret data: Most VA nursing homes have more residents with bed sores, pain, than private facilities

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Vets bed sores

 

An analysis of internal documents shows residents at more than two-thirds of Department of Veterans Affairs nursing homes last year were more likely to have serious bedsores, as well as suffer serious pain, than their counterparts in private nursing homes across the country.

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