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VA Needs Legislative Push to Inform Veterans of Health Issues Connected to Military Service
Date:5/19/2009

ce that Secretary Shinseki and his team will endeavor to make far greater efforts at outreach, we believe that legislation is needed that would require the VA to devise a coordinated outreach plan attached to budget numbers," Rowan said. "Such legislation, which would dovetail with the Obama Administration's move to a national system of electronic medical records, would mandate that a veteran's medical/health history be part of his/her treatment record, if a veteran uses VA facilities or chooses to go to private physicians; require that clinicians ask if a patient has ever served in the U.S. military and, if so, ask a series of follow-up questions; and require that all VA clinicians, particularly primary care providers, take and receive certification for the VA's Veterans Health Initiative curriculum every three years."

PLEASE NOTE: Because of an unanticipated and unavoidable conflict with the venue where VVA had scheduled a press event prior to this hearing, the press event has been cancelled. However, Mr. Rowan will be available to the Media for interviews before and after the hearing.

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