Veterans Health Care: ICU of the future, managing pain with exercise, giving Vets a ride and upgrade to a Premium My HealtheVet

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Providing health care to America’s Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is home to America's largest integrated health care system, serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. Join your fellow Veterans. Here are some of their stories.

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TeleCritical Care – 24-hour care at the push of a button

Shreveport VA has a new form of critical care that expands on the traditional intensive care unit. Based on telehealth, it’s known as TeleCritical Care.

The technology allows staff to monitor blood pressure, heart rate and lab results. Intensivists can prescribe medications, order tests or procedures, make diagnoses, and discuss health care with patients and family members. 

“TeleCritical Care offers 24-hour care at the push of a button,” says Kristine Miller, the operations and nurse manager for VA’s TeleCritical Care West hub.

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Can exercise manage 
chronic pain?

Researchers at the Baltimore VA Medical Center are looking at the role of exercise in managing pain in lung cancer survivors.

Exercise may help reduce the perception of pain the same way some medications do. By examining if prescribed exercise can reduce chronic pain, study findings
could have a large impact on the quality of life for all cancer survivors. 

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VA Rideshare program offers homeless Veterans a lift

Veterans enrolled in VHA’s Homeless Program may be eligible for transportation assistance getting to and from their place of employment, health care and home, thanks to VA's new Rideshare program. 

Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness can contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If Veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, they should visit their closest VA medical center. 

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Upgrade to a Premium My HealtheVet account by September

Beginning in September 2021, My HealtheVet Advanced accounts will be discontinued.

If you have an Advanced account today and do not upgrade to a Premium account, your account will revert to a Basic account. If that occurs, you will lose access to the pharmacy features, including the ability to request and track your VA prescription refills.

That means… it’s time to upgrade to a Premium account. Read more on how to get started. 

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