Veterans Affairs – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:34:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://20thcvetsmem.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Veterans Affairs – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ 32 32 Study: Hospitals often charge insured more than uninsured for the same services https://20thcvetsmem.org/study-hospitals-often-charge-insured-more-than-uninsured-for-the-same-services/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:34:15 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/study-hospitals-often-charge-insured-more-than-uninsured-for-the-same-services/ It may seem intuitive that, from hospital to hospital, patients encounter different prices for the same procedure. After all, different stores often set different prices for the same products. But different prices from one patient to another same hospital? A Trinity College economist has found evidence that two patients undergoing the same procedure in a […]]]>

It may seem intuitive that, from hospital to hospital, patients encounter different prices for the same procedure. After all, different stores often set different prices for the same products.

But different prices from one patient to another same hospital?

A Trinity College economist has found evidence that two patients undergoing the same procedure in a hospital are usually charged different amounts depending on whether the patient pays cash or is covered by health insurance.

In fact, the cash price of self-pay is often lower than rates negotiated for plan members by health insurance companies, said Gerardo Ruiz Sánchez, assistant professor of economics, who delved into a new public database to compare procedures across the United States.

In his study60% of negotiated rates were above spot rate for services.

Gerardo Ruiz Sanchez

“People who take out private health insurance pay monthly premiums … under the promise that their insurer also negotiates the lowest possible rates for services,” Ruiz Sánchez said.

“This raises the question of whether this is evidence of poor negotiation by insurers, who represent consumers, in their negotiations with hospitals.”

In the study, Ruiz Sánchez looked at data from fourteen “purchasable” hospital services, those that can be scheduled in advance by a consumer, such as office visits, CT scans or MRIs.

The data was made available by a federal rule that came into effect on January 1, 2021, requiring its disclosure. It is compiled in the Turquoise Health Dataset, which contains records for around 2,200 hospitals.

Ruiz Sánchez focused on payer-specific negotiated rates charged to Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, and United Health – all major national carriers as well as government-related payment plans, including Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, Veterans Affairs and state agencies insuring state employees.

His research, “Variation in Reported Hospital Cash Prices in the United States and How They Compare to Reported Payer-Specific Negotiated Rates, was published in Economics Letters in 2021.

In addition to the variation between insured and uninsured at the same hospital, Ruiz Sánchez found substantial differences in spot prices between hospitals. From one hospital to another, the costs of the same intervention can be up to 8 times higher.

The cash price reflected the hospital’s published rate unrelated to any charitable care or bill discounts the hospital might be required or choose to apply.

Uninsured consumers who pay themselves bear the full cost of hospital services, and as of June 2020, approximately 18% of people in the United States had medical debt.

Even among the insured, hospital rates are relevant when services not covered by the health plan are required, noted Ruiz Sánchez.

More research is needed to understand the economic forces behind spot price models and how hospitals decide to price their services for the uninsured, according to Ruiz Sánchez, whose work was supported by the Trinity College Faculty Research Grant. Committee.

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Zien, a group of veterans are pushing for the money from the sale of the land to go to a new veterinary house | Country Life News https://20thcvetsmem.org/zien-a-group-of-veterans-are-pushing-for-the-money-from-the-sale-of-the-land-to-go-to-a-new-veterinary-house-country-life-news/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/zien-a-group-of-veterans-are-pushing-for-the-money-from-the-sale-of-the-land-to-go-to-a-new-veterinary-house-country-life-news/ Country the United States of AmericaUS Virgin IslandsU.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCanadaMexico, United Mexican StatesBahamas, Commonwealth ofCuba, Republic ofDominican RepublicHaiti, Republic ofJamaicaAfghanistanAlbania, People’s Socialist Republic ofAlgeria, People’s Democratic Republic ofAmerican SamoaAndorra, Principality ofAngola, Republic ofAnguillaAntarctica (the territory south of 60 degrees S)Antigua and BarbudaArgentina, Argentine RepublicArmeniaArubaAustralia, Commonwealth ofAustria, Republic ofAzerbaijan, Republic ofBahrain, Kingdom ofBangladesh, People’s Republic […]]]>

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Miller Honors Cold War Servicemen in Veterans Day Speech, Steere Recognized for Service to Veterans Commission | Waverly Logs https://20thcvetsmem.org/miller-honors-cold-war-servicemen-in-veterans-day-speech-steere-recognized-for-service-to-veterans-commission-waverly-logs/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/miller-honors-cold-war-servicemen-in-veterans-day-speech-steere-recognized-for-service-to-veterans-commission-waverly-logs/ On Veterans Day, Rich Miller, the Commanding Officer of American Legion Post #176 honored Cold War veterans. “Over the past few years we have honored those who served in specific wars, from World War I to the more current Persian Gulf Wars, but there is another group that is often overlooked,” he said. in his […]]]>

On Veterans Day, Rich Miller, the Commanding Officer of American Legion Post #176 honored Cold War veterans.

“Over the past few years we have honored those who served in specific wars, from World War I to the more current Persian Gulf Wars, but there is another group that is often overlooked, he said. in his speech. “Veterans who served with honor and, in some cases, faced as much danger as those who served in an active theater of war. I’m talking about the Cold War veteran.

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Veterans Day events will take place throughout Arkansas https://20thcvetsmem.org/veterans-day-events-will-take-place-throughout-arkansas/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 09:31:28 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/veterans-day-events-will-take-place-throughout-arkansas/ Ceremonies will be held across Arkansas today for Veterans Day, including activities at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, a replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Cabot and a songwriter’s retreat in Jonesboro. At the State Veterans Day Ceremony at the MacArthur Military History Museum in Arkansas, students from Little Rock Central High School who worked […]]]>

Ceremonies will be held across Arkansas today for Veterans Day, including activities at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, a replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Cabot and a songwriter’s retreat in Jonesboro.

At the State Veterans Day Ceremony at the MacArthur Military History Museum in Arkansas, students from Little Rock Central High School who worked on their Veterans History Project will collect stories veterans. The goal is to preserve and make accessible the personal testimonies of these veterans so that future generations can hear directly from real veterans and better understand the realities of war.

The governor’s chief of staff, Alison Williams, will speak at the state’s Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Williams, the daughter of a veteran, worked for the Transportation Security Administration, where she was based in Stuttgart, Germany, as the agency’s representative for US Africa Command.

Select staff from the Regional Veterans Affairs Office will be available after the ceremony to answer questions about the PACT Act and file claims. PACT is a new law that extends VA health care and benefits to veterans exposed to hearthstones, Agent Orange and other toxic substances. PACT stands for Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics.

Organizers have set up other booths for veterans attending the ceremony.

The North Little Rock High School choirs are scheduled to perform.

The National Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on the historic parade ground behind the museum and is open to the public.

The ceremony is also available via Facebook live-steam by visiting the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ADVAVets/.

In case of bad weather, the ceremony will move to the second floor of the museum. Places are limited on the second floor.

The MacArthur Museum of Military History in Arkansas is located at 503 E. 9th St. in Little Rock.

In Cabot, Criswell-Robinson American Legion Post #71 will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 163 Mount Carmel Road, Cabot. It’s open to the public.

This year, the main attraction is the “The Healing Wall” exhibition. “The Healing Wall” is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that stands in Washington D.C.

Col. (Retired) Mike Ross, an Iraq War veteran and founder of Veterans Villages of America, will be the guest speaker, along with representation from Cabot High School Junior ROTC.

American Legion Commander Jim Troiola will also speak.

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled the replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The replica — which is 375 feet in length and 7.5 feet tall at its highest point — is a traveling exhibition that goes all over the country. Visitors can experience the wall rising above them as they walk to the top, a key element of the current wall design in the nation’s capital. Like the original memorial, “The Healing Wall” is erected in the shape of a chevron and visitors can make rubbings of the names of individual service members.

The replica wall is constructed of avonite, a synthetic granite, with 140 numbered panels supported by an aluminum frame.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will honor veterans and military families from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on its campus at 2801 S. University Ave.

UALR Chancellor Christina Drale will deliver the keynote address before the national anthem is played. The Military Student Success Center will be providing vouchers (while supplies last) for a food truck festival to military and veteran attendees.

In Jonesboro, a special program will provide a creative outlet for veterans. Two entities – The Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and Southern Tenant Farmers Museum – will host a veteran songwriting retreat tonight and Saturday in conjunction with Freedom Sings.

Songwriters who will be on hand to work with military veterans include Erin Enderlin, Wood Newton, Don Tucker, Gregg Shively and Paul Tull. This is a free opportunity for veterans to participate in an artistic activity.

Interested veterans can contact Penny Toombs, director of the Boyhood Home and Tenant Farmers Museum sites, at [email protected] Places are limited and by reservation only. A waiting list will be available when capacity is reached, Toombs said.

Live songwriter performances begin at 7 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Native Brew Works, 515 S. Gee St., Jonesboro. Events are free and open to the public.

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Healthy Together announces the launch of a new mobile application in partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) https://20thcvetsmem.org/healthy-together-announces-the-launch-of-a-new-mobile-application-in-partnership-with-the-united-states-department-of-veterans-affairs-va/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/healthy-together-announces-the-launch-of-a-new-mobile-application-in-partnership-with-the-united-states-department-of-veterans-affairs-va/ MIAMI, November 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In recognition of Veterans Day, Healthy Together announces the launch of a new mobile app integration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide easily accessible health records to veterans in all the countries. The collaboration between Healthy Together and VA is part of VA’s Lighthouse’s ongoing […]]]>

MIAMI, November 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In recognition of Veterans Day, Healthy Together announces the launch of a new mobile app integration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide easily accessible health records to veterans in all the countries. The collaboration between Healthy Together and VA is part of VA’s Lighthouse’s ongoing effort to provide more ways for veterans to safely access and use their health records and data.

The Department of Veterans Affairs API Platform is part of its digital modernization strategy and is used to securely access VA data to create innovative tools for veterans. Since August 2018VA’s public API platform has approved a small group of trusted organizations like Healthy Together to access the platform for VA data.

The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in United States, providing care in more than 1,300 health facilities. To help veterans access data from these facilities, Healthy Together has seamlessly integrated its mobile platform to provide account access to more than 18 million veterans, eliminating manual processes allowing VA administrators to provide and share health information to patients.

With over 1.5 million veterans in the state, Florida has become widely known as the most veteran-friendly state in the country. Currently, more than 50% of Florida households have adopted Healthy Together; the mobile app has achieved #1 in Apple’s Health & Fitness category and has more than 225k App Store and Play Store reviews with a 4.9/5 star rating.

“We are excited to be working with the VA to help all veterans easily access their critical health information. Providing a personalized, up-to-date digital history of vaccinations in the Healthy Together app is just the start and we are waiting. looking forward to expanding access. Jayson Ahlstromco-founder and product manager at Healthy Together

The rollout will begin with mobile access to immunization records and plans will include expansion to additional electronic medical records including: test results, allergy records, clinical vital signs, medical conditions, appointment records, and more.

Technology enables access to real-time updated health information and records via smartphone with simplified record sharing, allowing veterans to easily send PDF versions of health information to a physician or organization if needed.

“Healthy Together is very easy to use, even for those who are not tech-savvy. Having a digital copy of my immunization records saves me from having to carry hard copies between providers.” – Louis MazzacaneVeteran

Veterans can access the Healthy Together app on the VA and Healthy Together websites:
https://www.va.gov/resources/find-apps-you-can-use/
https://www.healthytogether.co/en/

SOURCE Healthy Together

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Charleston named best place to live for veterans after leaving the service | military compendium https://20thcvetsmem.org/charleston-named-best-place-to-live-for-veterans-after-leaving-the-service-military-compendium/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/charleston-named-best-place-to-live-for-veterans-after-leaving-the-service-military-compendium/ Charleston was named the nation’s best city for outgoing military veterans in a ranking released Nov. 1 by the Navy Federal Credit Union. Charleston scored high due to its existing veteran community, proximity to a large military base and VA hospital, low veteran unemployment rate, and high number of veteran-owned businesses . Its crime rate […]]]>

Charleston was named the nation’s best city for outgoing military veterans in a ranking released Nov. 1 by the Navy Federal Credit Union.

Charleston scored high due to its existing veteran community, proximity to a large military base and VA hospital, low veteran unemployment rate, and high number of veteran-owned businesses .

Its crime rate and cost of living have performed relatively well compared to other cities. The city’s cultural scene and proximity to beaches and other quality of life issues were also considered.

The city ranked first in 2020, the last time the Navy Federal released a ranking. The credit union has partnered with nonprofit The Mission Continues to identify issues important to veterans and with Sperling’s Best Places to rank 400 U.S. cities based on those factors.

In the overall ranking subsets, Charleston ranked seventh for retired veterans and fourth for families.

Charleston County is home to more than 35,000 veterans, the second highest in South Carolina behind Richland County, according to Veterans Affairs estimates.

South Carolina, home to about 390,000 veterans, ranks seventh in the nation for the number of veterans as a proportion of its total population.


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The state’s veteran unemployment rate for 2021 was 3.5%.

Approximately 250,000 military personnel leave the service each year.

Veterans and others have helped the Navy Federal decide which factors are most relevant. Since the pandemic, health care accessibility has been among the issues that have become more prominent, said Clay Stackhouse, retired Marine Corps colonel and regional outreach manager at Navy Federal. Another is inflation.

“Every year the concerns are different and the landscape that veterans move into is different,” Stackhouse said. “Working with veterans, we found that they really wanted help in the transition.”

“We’re going out of our way to try to make sure they know these are areas where you can reach out and get a lot of help.”

Charleston has also been voted the #1 city in the United States by Travel + Leisure for the past 10 years.


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Contact John Ramsey at 843-906-9351. Follow him on Twitter @johnwramsey.

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South Dakota State News https://20thcvetsmem.org/south-dakota-state-news/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 00:33:24 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/south-dakota-state-news/ for more information contact: Audry Ricketts at 605-773-8242 or audry.ricketts@state.sd.us (South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs) The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will hold an unveiling ceremony at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. (CT). Two eagle sculptures will be unveiled on […]]]>


for more information contact: Audry Ricketts at 605-773-8242 or audry.ricketts@state.sd.us (South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs)

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will hold an unveiling ceremony at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

Two eagle sculptures will be unveiled on the doors of the main entrance.

Eagles are common symbols of wisdom, vision, power, royalty and ferocity. The eagle eye is considered a symbol of sharpness and precision, with the piercing gaze representing protection and vigilance.

“The eagles will serve as guardians of the cemetery, watching over veterans and their loved ones who have chosen to make the cemetery their forever home,” said cemetery director Erin Brown.

The sculptures were funded by private donations and by sculptor Jurek Jakowicz. Paul Weckman of Sanford Health led this project and secured all donated funds.

“We are thrilled and honored to share this day with our partners,” Brown said. “We truly appreciate everyone who has contributed their talents and funds to this endeavor.

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Nearly 113,000 applications have already been filed for the benefits of the PACT law https://20thcvetsmem.org/nearly-113000-applications-have-already-been-filed-for-the-benefits-of-the-pact-law/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 14:03:58 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/nearly-113000-applications-have-already-been-filed-for-the-benefits-of-the-pact-law/ Veterans Affairs officials have already received nearly 113,000 new disability claims in connection with radical toxic exposure legislation enacted less than three months ago, an indication of the potential impact of the measure and the work ahead for the department. Benefits managers have started accepting claims for all suspected illnesses included in the Promise to […]]]>

Veterans Affairs officials have already received nearly 113,000 new disability claims in connection with radical toxic exposure legislation enacted less than three months ago, an indication of the potential impact of the measure and the work ahead for the department.

Benefits managers have started accepting claims for all suspected illnesses included in the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (better known as the PACT Act) after it was signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 10.

They include 12 types of cancer and 12 other respiratory diseases linked to exposure to fire pits during the Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; hypertension and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) for veterans who served in Vietnam; and radiation sickness for veterans who served in several new locations in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Coverage of these issues had been a point of contention for years. In particular, veterans’ advocates have lamented that too many serious issues are related to burn pit exposure were ignored by VA leaders due to incomplete science linking health issues to toxic smoke from trash fires.

In the 75 days since signing, the department received 112,949 new disability claims related to the new suspected illnesses, an increase in benefits caseload of more than 21% over the same period last year.

“For far too long, substance-exposed veterans and their families have had to fight their government for the benefits and health care they have won, Acting Under Secretary for Benefits Josh Jacobs said in a statement. a statement. “Through the PACT Act, generations of veterans will be able to get the care and benefits they deserve.”

Depending on the severity of a veteran’s injuries, he or she may be eligible for a disability award of up to $4,000. Presumptive status for service-related illnesses reduces the paperwork veterans must complete to receive monthly checks.

VA officials have urged veterans who think they may be eligible to apply now, although applications won’t be processed until January 2023. Payments are expected to begin in early spring.

The delay between accepting applications and processing them was designed to give VA managers time to put staff and processes in place to ensure the flood of new applications can be seamlessly integrated into the current workflow. advantages.

Even so, senior officials have warned that the backlog of late first applications (those taking more than four months to complete) is likely to increase early next year due to new PACT law cases.

The backlog currently stands at more than 143,000 cases, roughly double what it was before the coronavirus pandemic began in America in March 2020.

Veterans who want more information about illnesses covered by the PACT Act or who want to apply for disability benefits can visit the VA website or call 1-800-MY-VA-411 (1-800-698-2411).

Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, DC since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned him numerous accolades, including a 2009 Polk Award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism Award, and the VFW News Media Award.

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Blake Richards named Shadow Veterans Affairs Minister https://20thcvetsmem.org/blake-richards-named-shadow-veterans-affairs-minister/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/blake-richards-named-shadow-veterans-affairs-minister/ “Hearing what their needs are, hearing what their ideas are and trying to put them into practice. As with any problem you work on, there are a lot of things people pay attention to, a lot of problems to solve. » BOW VALLEY — While the Conservative Party of Canada has a new leader under […]]]>

“Hearing what their needs are, hearing what their ideas are and trying to put them into practice. As with any problem you work on, there are a lot of things people pay attention to, a lot of problems to solve. »

BOW VALLEY — While the Conservative Party of Canada has a new leader under Pierre Poilievre, Banff-Airdrie MP Blake Richards has a new job as Shadow Minister of Veterans Affairs.

As shadow minister, his main task will be to provide an alternative vision for the veterans portfolio.

“What you do as a shadow minister of the opposition is you monitor the file on behalf of the official opposition, criticize the government where necessary, make alternative suggestions,” he said. -he declares.

As Shadow Minister, Richards will be directly involved in bringing the concerns of Canadian veterans to Parliament.

“Hearing what their needs are, hearing what their ideas are, and trying to put them into action,” Richards said. “As with any issue you work on, there are a lot of things people are paying attention to, a lot of problems to solve.

Previously, Richards served as chief opposition whip from 2020 to 2022 and shadow tourism minister from 2015 to 2020.

Although this new portfolio will present new challenges, Richards looks forward to working directly with veterans.

“I don’t come into this field with firsthand knowledge of being a veteran myself, but what’s important, like how I approached the role I had in tourism, it’s It’s you talking to those who are experts and those who are involved,” says Richards. “In this case, it’s our veterans.”

Veterans Affairs is one of the most prominent portfolios in Parliament, including the shadow portfolio, requiring the appointee to be prepared to tackle a wide range of issues and concerns.

“It’s even more critical when it comes to the issue of veterans affairs and the needs of those who have served the country,” Richards said. “One of the most important things about taking on a public service role like this is that you represent a variety of different issues and you have to be capable of a wide range of different things.”

The aspect of his new portfolio that Richards is most looking forward to is being able to speak directly with veterans and show the respect he has for veterans through his work.

“I look forward to building those relationships with our veterans and saying thank you with tangible solutions with my role.”

The party is eyeing the next election, under the leadership of its prominent leader in Poilievre. According to Richards, the party is united behind its leader and ready to bring an alternative vision to Canadians.

“Being united as a team, in everything you do, is key,” Richards said. “Canadians are counting on us and expecting us to provide an alternative to the Liberal government and to do this we must be united.

While he has a new portfolio to handle, Richards also says it won’t affect his ability to help Bow Valley voters as an MP.

“I have always juggled the various responsibilities I have had in my caucus, in government and in the official opposition,” said Richards. “He never let my primary focus shift from where it should be, on my constituents. This is my first priority.

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Effective mail-based HCV testing among the VA cohort https://20thcvetsmem.org/effective-mail-based-hcv-testing-among-the-va-cohort/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 07:22:03 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/effective-mail-based-hcv-testing-among-the-va-cohort/ A universal screening approach that involves sending an automated letter can help identify potential patients exposed to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and link them to care, according to the results of a Veterans Affairs analysis. With universal HCV screening now recommended in the United States, researchers led by Lucas Harjono, PharmD, of the Department […]]]>

A universal screening approach that involves sending an automated letter can help identify potential patients exposed to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and link them to care, according to the results of a Veterans Affairs analysis.

With universal HCV screening now recommended in the United States, researchers led by Lucas Harjono, PharmD, of the Department of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, sought to assess the effects of a screening program among veterans fighters born between 1945 and 1965 who had no record of anti-HCV antibody result in the last decade. The results were presented in a poster at IDWeek 2022, October 19-23, 2022, in Washington, DC.

In 4 years, 12,875 letters were sent to veterans of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Health System. From there, 4,011 veterans (31%) presented for HCV antibody testing. Ultimately, 4.2% of those tested tested positive for HCV antibodies, and 41.3% of those people had the virus in their bloodstream.

Among those who were viraemic, the median age was 63 years; 49.3% were white and 26.1% were African American. Notably, 62.3% reported having stable housing and patients lived a median of 27.9 miles from the VA clinic. Of this group, 17.4% had cirrhosis, 10.1% reported opioid use disorder, and 29% reported alcohol use disorder.

Of the 69 patients who were viraemic, 80% attended an infectious/gastrointestinal disease follow-up appointment after referral. From there, 84% started treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for HCV, 93% completed treatment with DAAs, and 93% achieved a sustained virologic response (SVR).

Although nearly a third of veterans who received the letter participated in HCV testing, follow-up of those who tested positive was negatively affected by distance to the VA clinic, with a median of more than 61 miles and a maximum distance of almost 98 miles among those who did not participate in the first HCV visit. Notably, those in stable housing who had cirrhosis were more likely to attend the first visit.

“Methods to facilitate remote assessment and therapy, i.e. telehealth and electronic consultations, will be important for people who are marginalized and who live far from the clinic, the investigators concluded.

For more coverage of IDWeek 2022, click here.

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