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2017

VA Psychology Internship program receives first accreditation - The initial accreditation of the Montana VA Psychology Internship Training program has been awarded by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA). This is VA’s first psychology internship program accredited in Montana. The program was surveyed in Dec. 2016 and APA’s CoA reviewed and approved its findings in early April. Local staff was notified of the accreditation decision on May 2. (05/15/2017)

VA OIG releases report on Montana VA consult delays - VA OIG releases report on Montana VA consult delays On March 10, the VA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published a report regarding consult delays and management concerns at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center. The scope of this report focused exclusively on a backlog of system consults from June 2014 to July 2015. (03/13/2017)

Montana VA hosts Veterans Town Hall, Health Fair in Missoula, Feb. 2 - The next Veterans Town Hall hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs will be in Missoula, Feb. 2. The meeting is open to all members of the public with an interest in Veterans benefits and healthcare. Local healthcare providers are also invited to attend and learn more about providing Veteran healthcare in the community. VA staff will be available to answer providers’ questions regarding provider agreements, billing and other topics related to delivering that care. VA staff will use a Health Fair format for the event with a focus on front line staff and managers answering questions Veterans and their family members in the Missoula area might have about eligibility and services. (01/23/2017)

Montana VA awarded hospital accreditation from Joint Commission - The VA Montana Health Care System recently completed all requirements necessary to have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Fort Harrison VA hospital and its related services have continuously maintained Joint Commission accreditation since 1961. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. (01/12/2017)

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2016

VA OIG releases report on Fort Harrison wait times - The VA Office of Inspector General released a summary, dated Dec. 20, of its investigation into allegations regarding patient wait times at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center. The report was posted to the OIG’s website on Dec. 21. (12/21/2016)

VA staff distribute Thanksgiving meals to local Veterans - Working with community partners, Montana VA staff from the Fort Harrison Homeless & Recovery program distribute full Thanksgiving meals to Veterans and families in the Helena, MT area. (11/22/2016)

Montana VA hosts Veterans town hall, health fair in Helena, Nov. 3 - The next Veterans Town Hall hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs will be in Helena, Nov. 3. The VA will be using a new Health Fair format for the event with a focus on front line staff and managers answering questions Veterans and their family members in the Helena area might have about eligibility and services. Local community providers are also invited to attend and learn more about providing healthcare services to Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. Hosted by the VA Montana Health Care System and the Fort Harrison Regional Benefit Office, the event will be held at the Lewis & Clark County Public Library, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, in the large community room. (10/24/2016)

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