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GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

May 31, 2018 - Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s progress in improving opioid safety among veteran patients and determined that the federal department has not yet met all of its opioid safety goals developed as...


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Peter O’Rourke to Replace Robert Wilkie as Acting VA Secretary

by Kate Monica

The White House recently announced Peter O’Rourke will serve as the new acting VA secretary in place of recent VA secretary nominee Robert Wilkie, who will return to his post as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness for...

Senate Passes VA Mission Act to Improve Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 — which includes policies meant to improve health data exchange between VA and the private sector — recently gained congressional approval....

House Passes Bill on VA Cerner EHR Implementation Oversight

by Elizabeth Snell

Congress will potentially have greater oversight of the VA Cerner EHR implementation, as the Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 (HR 4245) continues to move through the legislative process. The House...

Cerner Head Talks “Negative Information” on VA Cerner EHR Contract

by Elizabeth Snell

There has been a lot of “negative information” out in the news recently concerning the $10 billion VA Cerner EHR contract, but the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA both understand the value of Cerner’s work, company president...

Trump Officially Nominates Robert Wilkie as VA Secretary

by Kate Monica

President Trump recently announced Robert Wilkie will be the next VA secretary nominee in the running to replace former VA Secretary David Shulkin and spearhead the agency during its Cerner EHR implementation, according to CNN. Wilkie is the...

VA Signs $10B Cerner EHR Implementation Contract

by Kate Monica

VA has signed a $10 billion Cerner EHR implementation contract to replace its homegrown legacy VistA system after months of ongoing negotiations. “I am pleased to announce we have signed a contract with Cerner today that will modernize...

Congress: “Malign Neglect” Impedes VA Cerner EHR Contract

by Kate Monica

Members of Congress issued a letter to VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman stating their disapproval for the way VA Cerner EHR contract negotiations have been carried out and expressing concern over the appointment of Acting VA CIO Camilo Sandoval....

VA Will Make Final Cerner EHR Contract Decision by Memorial Day

by Kate Monica

Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will make a decision about VA’s Cerner EHR contract by Memorial Day, VA CFO and Assistant Secretary for Management John Rychalski told the VA subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and...

2018 VA MISSION Act to Improve Health Data Exchange for Veterans

by Kate Monica

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently passed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) of 2018, which includes policies designed to improve health data exchange at VA care sites to enable...

Potential VA Secretary Nom May Finish Cerner EHR Contract Talks

by Kate Monica

National Association of Veterans Affairs Physicians and Dentists (NAVAPD) President Samuel Spagnalo, MD, may be in the running to serve as the new VA secretary and carry Cerner EHR contract negotiations across the finish line, according to DisabledVeterans.org....

VA Under Fire for Cerner EHR Contract Delay, Outside Interference

by Kate Monica

VA Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member Julia Brownley (D-CA) recently requested that VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie and VA Inspector General Michael Missal...

Cerner Revenue Down After Delays in VA EHR Contract Negotiations

by Kate Monica

Revenue at Cerner fell below expectations in part due to uncertainty surrounding when VA EHR contract negotiations will finally close, Cerner executives told investors during an earnings call about the first financial quarter of 2018. Cerner...

DoD MHS GENESIS EHR System Has 6K Unresolved Trouble Tickets

by Kate Monica

DoD has so far resolved about 1,000 of a total of 7,000 trouble tickets submitted by clinicians to report problems with the MHS GENESIS EHR system, according to Defense Healthcare Management Systems Program Executive Director Stacy Cummings....

Ronny Jackson Withdraws as Presidential VA Secretary Nominee

by Kate Monica

Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD, has withdrawn as Trump’s VA secretary nominee, according to a public statement he released April 26. Trump selected the presidential physician to lead VA shortly after former VA Secretary David Shulkin,...

Senate May Postpone VA Secretary Confirmation Hearing

by Kate Monica

The Senate may postpone the confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, MD, to take the helm as the new VA Secretary in place of former secretary David Shulkin, MD, according to Washington Post. This decision to delay Jackson’s confirmation...

VA Cerner EHR Contract Will Advance Despite Leadership Changes

by Kate Monica

VA will continue working to finalize the Cerner EHR contract despite former VA CIO Scott Blackburn and former VA Secretary David Shulkin’s sudden departure from the federal department, Blackburn stated at a recent Government Information...

VA CIO Resigns Amidst Cerner EHR Contract Negotiations

by Kate Monica

VA CIO Scott Blackburn has resigned — effective immediately — with the federal department’s Cerner EHR contract still short of finalization, according to Federal News Radio. Blackburn had been serving as the department’s...

DoD Providers Prefer MHS GENESIS EHR System Over Legacy System

by Kate Monica

Some healthcare providers at Department of Defense (DoD) care sites already prefer the MHS GENESIS EHR system to the federal department’s legacy AHLTA system, according to Pensacola News Journal. Naval Hospital Oak Harbor family physician...

VA, DoD EHR Modernization to Drive Federal Health IT Growth

by Kate Monica

Over the next five years, growth in federal health IT will primarily be driven by investments at VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) for EHR modernization efforts, according to the Federal Market Analysis team at GovWin from Deltek.  ...

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