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The Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, after receiving a complaint letter, asked VA's OIG to investigate allegations that the Director of the Denver VA Regional Office was habitually absent from work during her designated duty hours and submitted incorrect timecards. OIG substantiated that she misused her official time when she arrived to her duty station late without taking the appropriate leave; when she was absent without leave; and when she improperly split her workday between her duty station, a non-VA location, and teleworking from home. OIG also found that she maintained an improper credit hour system for herself and her office staff. OIG did not substantiate an allegation that she was absent for several weeks at a time without taking sick leave, and OIG administratively closed that allegation. OIG discovered that VA's Office of Accountability Review (OAR) began an investigation concurrent to OIG's. To avoid any duplicative efforts, OIG accepted the misuse of time and timecard allegations, and OAR accepted all other allegations for investigation

Monday, August 08, 2016

VV- Glioblastoma-

---Alert to Vietnam Vets-----

> Hello! Sean,                                                                                                             I wanted to ask if you wouldn't mind posting this story on your group and to share with all your other connections- trying to track the numbers-names of Vietnam veterans with Glioblastoma- brain cancer-/tumors- Brain Tumors are not on agent orange presumptive list -read our story- Thank you! if, you have any further questions, please feel free to call me-Tiger Sheree # 417-766-5640- Back in Sunday, Feb. 20th, 2011- you had done my story- on your blog - I will share with you my journey- Thank you! brother Sean- -Your sister, friend, War Widow, Author, Tiger Sheree Evans

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Proposal would reshape Tricare fee structure, encourage managed care | Surgical teams risk life and limb removing unexploded ordnance from patients | House approves VA disability exams by local doctors

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Proposal would reshape Tricare fee structure, encourage managed care
The Defense Department's budget proposal includes Tricare reforms that DOD officials say would save about $1 billion each year, simplify insurance options, improve access to managed care and encourage more efficient use of military medical care. The proposal raises fees, co-pays and out-of-pocket spending limits for retirees, family members and survivors. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (2/14)

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Surgical teams risk life and limb removing unexploded ordnance from patients
Air Force Maj. Travis Newberry, a head and neck surgeon, and colleagues described in the Journal of Neurosurgery how they removed a metal bullet that they thought might have been unexploded ordnance from a pregnant patient's cheek in Afghanistan. Though such procedures are uncommon, they do require special precautions, and the Army is due to release updated guidelines this month for removing unexploded ordnance from patients. National Public Radio (2/12)

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House approves VA disability exams by local doctors
Veterans would be allowed to use local doctors for disability examinations instead of having to travel to Department of Veterans Affairs facilities under a bill passed by the House last week. The bill would require the VA to compile information from local doctors and gauge progress on the bill's implementation. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/15)

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IG's report highlights shortcomings at VA crisis hotline
Some calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs' 24-hour suicide prevention hotline main call center in Canandaigua, N.Y., have gone to voicemail or to backup centers, where staff have left some calls unanswered, according to a VA Inspector General report. The VA said it will implement the report's recommendations, including setting specific expectations for backup centers and quality assurance criteria for all calls, by Sept. 30. Daily News (New York) (2/16)

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US surgeon general urges Flint, Mich., health practitioners, leaders to help residents
Health practitioners, community leaders and faith leaders should get involved in educating residents about the issues they face regarding the water crisis in Flint, Mich., said US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. "I understand that after everything that Flint residents have been through, that they would have some trust issues when it comes to the water and to the information that they're getting," he said. "That's why it's so important in this community that trusted voices speak out, and help people get the information they need." Detroit Free Press (2/15)

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IOM: Gulf War vets should be monitored for ALS, cancer
Despite spending more than $500 million on research between 1994 and 2014, the US government still has not definitely identified the health effects of serving in the 1990-91 Gulf War, an Institute of Medicine committee reported. Gulf War veterans appear to be at increased risk for chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders, mental health conditions, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and sexual dysfunction, the federally funded report said. The Department of Veterans Affairs should monitor Gulf War veterans for degenerative brain diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as for cancer, the IOM said. HealthDay News (2/11)

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§  Dementia risk linked to proton pump inhibitors
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§  Study: Anemia drugs do not improve QOL for patients with chronic kidney disease
HealthDay News (2/15)

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§  Analysis suggests link between Agent Orange exposure and thyroid cancer
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (2/11)

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