Ongoing treatment, especially for those dealing with long-term illness or health issues is a priority at Department of Veterans Affairs. With VA’s integrated model of care, VA health care providers can collaborate on a patient’s care and find the best path forward in improving quality of life. This team approach is helpful for a number of current initiatives, including those in place for long-term care plans.
One of these current initiatives is addressing the Hepatitis C epidemic, which affects 1% of the general population, and 4.8% of the Veteran population. But healing Veterans with Hepatitis C can be difficult. Many patients live with the illness, unaware they have the infectious disease, and the traditional forms of treatment can be time consuming, often with many side effects. But thanks to VA dedicating resources to a new class of injection-free medication and aggressive treatment plans, VA is seeing almost 100% of patients cured in as little as 8 weeks.
Another proactive program developed by VA is MOVE!, a weight management and health promotion program designed to help Veterans eat healthy and stay active. This program began in 2015 after it was discovered three quarters of Veterans receiving care were considered to be overweight or obese. Since then, MOVE! has helped provide health screenings, educational programs, activity trackers and nutrition calculators for Veterans looking to maintain a healthy weight.
These are just a few of the many proactive programs VA currently has in place to treat Veterans dealing with chronic health issues. Overseeing ongoing treatments takes a dedicated staff to build relationships with patients, collaborate with colleagues, and ensure long-term care is maintained. From Nurses to Physicians, patient care coordinators and more, VA’s integrated model of care is vital to successfully bettering quality of life and finding a cure for our Veterans.
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