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Three messages from the VA: Flu shots, Opioid Therapy and Travel Transparency site
Topic Started: Oct 9 2017, 07:54 AM (9 Views)
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Three messages from the VA

VA Flu Shots Update 05 ► No Cost Shots at Walgreens

Flu Season is here! Veterans protect yourselves and get a NO COST flu shot! The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost. Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2018.

Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination. The Group ID is: VAFLU In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record. VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu. No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a no cost flu shot.

To find your local VA, visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp. To locate a Walgreens store near you, call 800-WALGREENs (800-925-4733), or go to www.com/findastore. To learn more about the partnership visit https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/immunization.asp or call 1-877-771-8537. To get more information on flu and flu vaccine, visit www.publichealth.va.gov/flu or www.cdc.gov/flu. [Source: eBenefits Online Application | September 26, 2017 ++]

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VA Opioid Therapy Update 07 ► Cleveland VAMC Roundtable Discussion

The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs joined President Trump’s opioid task force at the Cleveland VA Medical Center on 14 SEP. They were in town to hear from VA doctors on their best practices for pain management and opioid use. Guidelines for prescribing opioids, alternative medicine for dealing with pain, and a continuum of care for opioid addiction – these are among the best practices the VA has been using nationally since 2013. The Cleveland VA began even earlier. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin said Cleveland is showing strong results. “Just four percent of the patient population they serve are using and being prescribed opioids, which is well, well below what you would find across the country," Shulkin said.

At a roundtable discussion that included President Trump’s advisor, Kellyanne Conway, the VA shared some of its practices to address pain, including the use of alternative treatments such as acupuncture, yoga and meditation. “In not all cases must pain management mean pain medicine," Conway said. "There are opioids and there are other modalities. And we saw that first hand here. To read about it is one thing. To intuit as a lay person is quite another. But to see it in practice is quite remarkable and something I will take back to the White House and really never forget.” The opioid task force will issue its report on November first. The group’s chairman, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, said he expects the president to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency “in the very near future.”

[Source: WKSU 98.7 | Annie Wu | September 15, 2017 ++]


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VA Secretary Update 60 ► Travel Transparency Site Announced

“In response to the growing scandal of Cabinet officials using pricey private aircraft for business trips, Veterans Affairs officials announced 29 SEP they will post details of all official travel by department Secretary David Shulkin online to provide transparency about his travels. ‘Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know about my official travel as secretary, and posting this information online for all to see will do just that…,’ Shulkin said.” The department will regularly update a page that includes any travels by private and government aircraft, as well as itineraries of official international and domestic trips. 'Under this administration, VA is committed to becoming the most transparent organization in government, and I'm pleased to take another step in that direction with this move,' Shulkin said in a statement." Shulkin has also posted wait times at VA facilities, lists of disciplinary actions against employees and other data.” On Friday, the information was online at the VA’s new 'Secretary’s Travel' page” https://www.va.gov/opa/secvatravel. [Source: Military.com | Leo Shane III | September 29, 2017 ++]


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