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by Evan Sweeney |

A bill introduced by two senators on Monday designed to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs includes a provision that would allow physicians to practice telehealth across state lines.

Introduced by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., the Veterans Community Care and Access Act of 2017 (PDF) would consolidate community care authorities into a single program, implement data-driven access and quality standards, improve walk-in care and ensure safe prescribing practices, among a slew of other requirements.

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From FierceHealthCare by Joanne Finnegan |

A neurosurgeon has been barred from performing any surgeries at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Mississippi but has continued to collect his salary as a legal battle goes on.

The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson barred the doctor, Mohamed Eleraky, from seeing patients years ago, but Eleraky continues to collect his $339,177 annual salary, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Eleraky filed an amended court complaint earlier this month against the VA seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages in a jury trial.

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by Jeff Jones, President
Urological Society for American Veterans – an affiliate of the SGSU

Thanks to all who attended, and contributed to, the May 2017 meeting of the USAV in Boston, during the AUA. We had an excellent scientific program put together by the program and abstract committee of Robert Grubb, Justin Parker, Jennifer Taylor, Chris Filson and chaired by Dan Makarov. The meeting was well supported by industry partners, and included review talks on genetic analysis tools for prostate cancer and new technology for bladder cancer diagnosis, in addition to the institutional VA-derived abstracts.

In the business meeting the executive committee announced our formal affiliation with the SGSU, and our acceptance as a recognized professional society by the AUA. Deb Moore, as our secretary, is working on the approved changes to our bylaws submitted by Rob Moore, and Muta Issa, our VP, and Krish Gaitonde, our treasurer has already put the organization well into the black in our first year- great job all!  We have already been contacted by the AUA outreach regarding the upcoming AUA Congressional Advocacy day on capitol hill in March 2018, and the USAV will be contributing. Thus, we have made great strides to establish ourselves as the “go to” organization for veteran health in urology.

We are already planning our meeting in San Francisco in May 2018, and we hope our agenda will be published in the AUA program book for the first time this year.

In additional to our open member’s forum and national email roster, we are building a member-only page to place VA-specific items like SOP’s, personnel and equipment justifications, etc. to assist urology at each geographic location get the support they need to execute the VA urology mission, without having to locally “reinvent the wheel” every time.

We hope all of you will be encouraged to join both the USAV and SGSU, so we can grow our organizational infrastructure, capability, and influence. The dues are really very modest, so please sign-in and join- the organization is here to serve you, its membership.

Thank you!

By NIKKI WENTLING | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin argued Tuesday that a House plan for veterans’ health care was too restrictive and wouldn’t offer enough veterans the choice of private-sector care.

House lawmakers and VA officials hashed out details Tuesday of two proposals outlining major changes to the VA’s community care programs. Both would effectively end the Veterans Choice Program that was created in 2014 following the VA wait-time scandal to extend VA care into the private sector. The plans do away with a rule that allows veterans to seek private sector care when they are forced to wait more than 30 days for an appointment or live more than 40 miles driving distance from a VA facility.

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The Federal Government annually invests millions of dollars for prostate cancer research through the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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The PCRP, part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the Department of Defense, is one of the most effective programs in the world designed to produce treatments and, one day, a cure for prostate cancer. Funding from the PCRP has supported the development of  three new treatments for advanced disease in the last five years and was instrumental in accelerating the approval of Zytiga®  (abiraterone acetate) by two years. 
The program is now focused on improving diagnosis to reduce overtreatment and accurately determine life-threating disease from indolent tumors.

ZERO is working to maintain $13.2 million in funding for prostate cancer awareness and education.  The President’s FY2017 budget request eliminates funding within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) comprehensive cancer control program for prostate cancer activities. This funding supports the development and dissemination of content to help patients and providers have a better-informed discussion about treatment options. It also provides needed funding for important surveillance activities that help providers, epidemiologists, and researchers better understand the disease, its incidence, and progression.

We urge Congress to protect prostate cancer prevention and education funding and provide $13.2 million for the CDC in the FY 2017.

Register as an advocate today! 

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A nationwide physician shortage has hit a Colorado VA hospital particularly hard, forcing it to reschedule or postpone dozens of surgeries because it doesn’t have enough anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Approximately 65 to 90 nonemergency surgeries at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System have been pushed off because of the shortage, caused in recent months because staff have left for other jobs or are on paternity and maternity leave, a hospital spokeswoman told The Denver Post. In July, the publication reported that the VA hospital had one of the worst wait times for care in the nation.

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  • VA Chief Wants to Get Rid of Healthcare Deadwood

    ‘Accountability’ comes up repeatedly at hospital association meeting

  • by Joyce Frieden
    News Editor, MedPage Today

WASHINGTON — Getting rid of under-performing employees and hiring more healthcare professionals are just a few of the ways that Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, wants to improve the healthcare provided by his agency.

“Part of what we have had to do is to say that not everybody has the right or privilege to work at the VA,” said Shulkin at the American Hospital Association annual meeting on Monday. “When people lose their values, or deviate from our purpose or what our mission is, they lose that right.”

Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of an effort by the president to deliver on a campaign promise.

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  • HG Stevenson Award for outstanding support and dedicated service to the SGSU and urology residency programs. Presented to: George Kaplan, MD
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for lifetime dedication and service to the SGSU.
    Presented to: Mitchell Edson, MD
  • Prince Beach Award for best paper (#65) presented by a society member staff physician as judged by chief residents. Presented to: LCDR Eric T. Grossgold, MC, USN
  • Clare Scanlon Award for outstanding administrative work on the organization of the Mock Oral Boards for many years. Presented to: Joseph R. Sterbis, MD.
  • Clinical Research Award Winners:
    • 1st Place: #26 – CPT Jonathan Wingate, MC, USA
    • 2nd Place:#16 – LCDR Michael T. Marshall, MC, USN
    • 3rd Place: #28 – CPT Katherine A. Carlisle, MC, USA
  • Basic Science Award Winners:
    • 1st Place: #11 – CPT Tara K. Ortiz, MC, USA
    • 2nd Place:#12 – CPT Richard S. Otto, MC, USA
    • 3rd Place:#13 – CPT Stephanie Sexton, MC, USA
  • Poster Session Winners
    • 1st Place: #63 – Amanda Reed-Maldonado, MD
    • 2nd Place: #62 – CPT Karmon Janssen, MC, USA
    • 3rd Place: #52 – CPT Kevan Iffrig, MC, USA
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