Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Public relations official resigns from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Trump appointee John Ullyot resigned on Thursday after 2 years in his post as assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, reports CNN.

Driving the news: Ullyot found himself in hot water last December after controversial emails surfaced in which he recommended the VA's former chief diversity officer post a tame disapproval of white supremacists involved in the August 2018 Charleston, Virginia rally.

Fragmented care has led to more overdoses from prescription opioids

About half the veterans who get their care through the VA are also eligible for Medicare's drug benefit — and they're more likely to overdose on prescription opioids than patients who use either the VA or Medicare alone, according to a new study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Why it matters: We obviously would prefer to have as few veterans as possible die from overdoses, and these findings are also a good reminder that care fragmentation is an issue throughout the system. The study "underscores the importance of care coordination across health care systems to improve opioid prescribing safety," its authors wrote.

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