The national commission charged with coming up with ideas to reform the VA health care system is calling for "bold" changes. Its main proposals are vigorously opposed by the government's largest employee union.
Poor access to health care at the Veterans Affairs Department came to light two years ago and sparked nearly continuous upheaval ever since. Appointed by Congress, the Commission on Care has issued its final recommendations for overhauling how VA delivers its basic mission, providing health care for veterans. Commission Chairwoman Nancy Schlichting gives Federal Drive with Tom Temin a highlight.
The American Postal Workers Union concluded a two year contract negotiation, securing pay raises, Cost of Living Adjustments, job security commitments and more for its members.
Twila Brase of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom discusses the changes that are being made in the way doctors are reimbursed for services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has had some success with a new model of paying health care providers. Rather than paying them for how many services they render, it's paying them according to health care outcomes and how well they coordinate among one another over individual patients. Dr. Paul Cordts, deputy director for health care operations at the Defense Health Agency, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how DHA could benefit from the same model.
Bart Stichman, joint executive director at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, talks with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about a Veterans Affairs Department policy his group says is unfairly denying health care and compensation to more than 100,000 former service members.
Federal workers and retirees will have a limited option to downsize their health premiums next month. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it's a good deal for some people.
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks, how would you like to work for a place where management offered you a wide variety of health plans, paid for a majority of your premium and let you shop at home or on company time?
Thanks to the immense interest in the new self-plus-one option under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, the Office of Personnel Management is processing twice as many transactions than average.
Anticipating what procedures and medicines work and don't work before illness or injury treatment starts can save lives. It can also reduce pain and suffering and lower the cost of health care. Sriram Vishwanath is a professor at the University of Texas, Austin in the Cockrell School of Engineering and co-founder and CEO of Accordion Health. He tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson on Federal Drive with Tom Temin how health care providers are beginning to understand all of the benefits predictive analytics can bring.
Guess how many federal health plan brochures are among the best selling plans? Zero, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.
The defense authorization bill agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators would affect military pocketbooks in ways both big and small. It includes a 1.3 percent pay increase for uniformed service members but chips away at the military's pension system. In exchange for shrinking pensions, it encourages current troops — and mandates that future ones — invest in the Thrift Savings Plan.
The Senate passed a piece of legislation Wednesday that will help the Veterans Affairs Department avoid a budget shortfall that could impact the care some veterans receive.
In England and in some parts of this country, a "take away" is when you order a popular fast food and take it home with you. In Washington "take away" is the legislative-political equivalent of bend-over-and-smile-this-is-going-to-hurt-you-more-than-me, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.