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VHHA Releases 2017 Community Benefit Report

February 17, 2017

Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems continue to make substantial health and economic contributions throughout the Commonwealth, according to the 2017 Annual Report on Community Benefit being released today. The latest report covers data from 2015 when community benefit provided by local hospitals continued a consistent trend of growth over the previous year.

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Cardiac Care In Virginia: Mortality Down By 35%

February 15, 2017

American Heart Month is upon us and, here at VHI especially, matters of the heart are very important. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, with nearly 600,000 Americans dying of cardiovascular related diseases each year.

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Mental Health Training Options Available In Alexandria

February 14, 2017

The Department of Community and Human Services offers Mental Health First Aid training for laypersons and paraprofessionals. MHFA is an eight-hour training and certification on skills to help persons who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

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500 Preschoolers Receive Free Dental Care Through Give Kids A Smile At NOVA’s Medical Campus

February 13, 2017

The Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College hosted the 2017 Give Kids A Smile event on Friday, Feb. 10. The event, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Dental Society, provided free dental services to more than 500 at-risk preschoolers primarily from Arlington and Fairfax counties.

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Healthy Super Snacks For The Game

February 3, 2017

The big game is a few days away, and let’s be honest – some of the best parts of game day are tailgating and parties. It just wouldn’t be football season without chips and Buffalo wings!

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At Home in Alexandria And Mt. Vernon At Home Host Talk By Dr. Atul Gawande, Author Of “Being Mortal”

February 1, 2017

At Home in Alexandria and Mt. Vernon at Home will host a free, live streaming “watch party” featuring Dr. Atul Gawande, acclaimed author and surgeon, on Monday, Feb. 13 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church located at 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Grant To Help Doctors Identify Potential Opioid Abuse

January 26, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Prescription Monitoring Program has been awarded a grant to help integrate use of its data in doctors’ and pharmacists’ regular work flow. The $3.1 million grant from PurduePharma will allow the Department of Health Professions to connect the state PMP with electronic health records used by Virginia doctors and pharmacies.

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Herring And State/Federal Partners Successfully Block Anti-Competitive Health Insurance Merger

January 24, 2017

Attorney General Mark R. Herring, eight states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Justice have successfully blocked the anti-competitive proposed merger of Aetna and Humana. The proposed merger would have threatened the cost and quality of healthcare for Virginia seniors.

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New Poll Shows Majority Of Virginians Want Restraint On Major Health Care Policy Changes Due To Washington Uncertainty

January 18, 2017

Health care policy deliberations are dominating much of the bandwidth in Washington at the moment. As the Virginia General Assembly session gets underway, there is also some discussion about making major alterations to state health care policy.

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CBO Issues Report On Effects Of Repealing ACA

January 17, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office today issued a report on the estimated changes in health insurance coverage and premiums that would result from leaving the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms in place while repealing the law’s mandate penalties and subsidies.

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