President Donald Trump signed the bill, which will extend Veterans Choice for another six months, from his vacation in New Jersey.
The House Veterans Affairs Committee will look at ways to improve access to care for veterans, especially in rural areas, including delving into the Choice program.
The Department of Veterans Affairs initiatives will expand healthcare access and include using video technology and diagnostic tools to conduct medical exams. Veterans also will be able to use mobile devices to make and manage appointments with VA doctors.
The U.S. Digital Service is creating application programming interfaces to make MACRA participation easier, according to an agency report presented to Congress.
The VA doesn't yet know how much replacing its current electronic health record with a commercial product will cost, but President Donald Trump's proposed budget should fit the bill, at least for now, according to VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin.
The VA's pharmacy system limits interoperability between VA providers and non-VA providers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs warned Wednesday it was unexpectedly running out of money for a program that offers veterans private-sector healthcare, forcing it to hold back on some services that lawmakers worry could cause delays in medical treatment.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted new efforts Wednesday to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, even while acknowledging his department isn't seeking additional money to pay for it.
As the Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace effort ramps up in the Senate, concern is mounting that a procedural move threatens coverage for tens of thousands of veterans.
Democratic senators and a veterans' advocacy group have urged Republican senators to protect veterans' access to healthcare in their Obamacare replacement bill over fears the House-passed proposal could be particularly dangerous for veterans.
The Veterans Health Administration has an opportunity to improve veterans' care through the use of a number of digital tools.
Some ailing veterans can now use their federal healthcare benefits at CVS MinuteClinics to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.