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Scott's VA Attack Personal, Political

May 2, 2014

 

Gov. Rick Scott convinced Congress to hold a field hearing to delve further into care being provided at Florida’s VA hospitals.

All this came after state regulators spent most of April conducting unannounced visits to Florida’s VA hospitals, and were denied access to their federal records.

About 25 percent of people who commit suicide in Florida are military veterans, even though they account for just 8 percent of the population, the Florida Times-Union reports.
The deputy director of suicide prevention at the VA says they’re still trying to figure out why the rate is so much higher than in other states.

Gov. Scott vs. VA Over Patient Records

Apr 10, 2014

State health care regulators showed up unannounced for a third time at a federal Veterans Administration Hospital in Florida and asked to view patient records.

That visit to James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa Wednesday appears to be part of a tug-of-war between Gov. Rick Scott and federal VA hospitals.

Inspectors with the Agency for Health Care Administration have been turned away from yet another VA medical facility, the Tampa Tribune reports. They’re trying to investigate reports of  injuries at VA facilities, but they left the  C.W. “Bill” Young VA Medical Center in Pinellas County Tuesday without the information they were after. A similar incident happened last week at a VA facility in West Palm Beach.

Two surveyors from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration were denied access to records and escorted out of the VA  Medical Center in Riviera Beach on Thursday when they tried to inspect it,  the Palm Beach Post reported.

VA Cuts Paperwork, Offers Flu Shot Options

Dec 3, 2013

Veterans in Florida can now get a flu shot at any of more than 800 Walgreens locations and the drug store will electronically forward their immunization record to the VA.

It's a pilot program being tried out in the Veterans Integrated Service Network 8 (VISN8) which includes all of Florida, southern Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It requires no paper record, no remembering at your next VA health care appointment.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Thanks to a federal program, Chris Ott of Tampa gets a stipend of about $2,000 per month to stay home and care for her son, a Marine veteran who was paralyzed and nearly blinded in the war in Iraq, the Associated Press reports. The rules of the program allow caregiver stipends only for injuries that occurred since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

AP

While in Orlando at the Disabled American Veterans national convention over the weekend, President Barack Obama noted the progress that’s been made on disability claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

When the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing recently, members expressed concern that veterans might not qualify for subsidies for the new health insurance marketplaces if they were enrolled in VA health coverage.

By Jim Saunders

9/01/2010 © Health News Florida

The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments today in a Palm Beach County medical-malpractice case that boils down to this tricky question: When is a father not legally a father?

Justices are considering a wrongful-death claim filed on behalf of a child who, according to a legal brief, has a "99.998 percent certainty" of being the biological son of a man who committed suicide in 2005 after being discharged from St. Mary's Medical Center.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

After backlash erupted when the Department of Veterans Affairs made it tougher to navigate through red tape to get benefits, the agency said it would stop enforcing that rule. But a federal judge says the VA has continued to unfairly deny claims for medical care and other services, and has threatened action against the agency if it doesn’t change its practices, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.  

 

The VA and the Jewish system are working together to cut costs and keep veterans in their homes longer.

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