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New VA chief may fire 1,000 staffers over healthcare scandal

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald unveils a restructuring plan within the VA that he says will be the largest in the organizations history. As part of the shuffle, McDonald confirmed that 35 staffers will lose their jobs immediately as a result of the recent scheduling scandal, and that nearly 1,000 others are being pursued for “violating our values.”

Health Information Technology: An Untapped Resource to Help Keep Patients Insured

Researchers with Oregon Health and Science University publish a study in the Annals of Family Medicine that concludes that EHRs and health information exchanges are untapped resources that could be used as tools to support clinic-based efforts to help eligible patients maintain insurance coverage.

AMA backs interstate compact to streamline medical licensure

The American Medical Association calls on more states to adopt the recently finalized interstate provider licensure compact drafted by the Federation of State Medical Boards. The compact was written to help reduce barriers to telehealth programs, but only 10 states have adopted it so far.

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  1. The VA purge is probably just the beginning. It has become an organization that has lost it’s way and can’t even be honest with itself much less Congress and the American people.

    The deceit in the VA runs deep.

    And, those who support them and profit from them on the periphery – like Edmund Billings and Medsphere, Leidos and others will stop at nothing and spread misinformation and untruths about others in the vendor space while they desperately try to make their pretend case about being open source. Nothing about the Medsphere product or the VA is real open source. This is development work funded by tax dollars in one of the most expensive and inefficient manners you could imagine.

    SAIC made so much money from this that they had to change their name to Leidos in order to get another chance at 20 more years of pillaging the government with Cerner at their side.

    Many, many billions of taxpayer dollars are being squandered on defense contractors every year to sustain a weak product at best.

    The VA refuses to be ranked in KLAS while Edmund runs his own ranking or buys his own RAND reports to tout Vista as a god send to electronic health systems.

    Time to pull back the curtain for what Vista, Edmund and Leidos are all about.

    SAIC/Leidos created this mess with the VA and the DoD.

    Pick any commercial vendor for the VA and DoD and we’d be better off as a country.







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