Bill would offer military medical services to all terrorism victims in US | DHA seeks private-sector partners to improve military health care | Shulkin considers more private options for VA care
June 21, 2017
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Bill would offer military medical services to all terrorism victims in US
A bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would allow military health care facilities to treat civilian victims of terrorism in the US. The bill would instruct the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to work with other agencies on procedures to promptly contact and provide medical support to local health care facilities treating people wounded in terrorist attacks.
The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (6/16) 
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Military Health System
DHA seeks private-sector partners to improve military health care
The military is looking for opportunities to work with the private sector to integrate health care, develop innovative capabilities, boost efficiency, improve access, lower costs and enhance care quality, Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, said in a keynote address at a recent symposium. Areas for partnership opportunities include information technology, biodefense, training and education, medical devices and logistics, Bono said.
WRAL TechWire (Raleigh, N.C.) (6/16) 
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Veterans Health Administration
Shulkin considers more private options for VA care
In the future, the VA might offer fewer maternity and cancer care services and rely more on civilian providers of routine and non-military care, Secretary David Shulkin said. The VA need not fully privatize, but it does not have enough resources to do everything, and an integrated military-civilian system could improve choice and reduce duplication of services, Shulkin said.
Military Times (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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GAO suggests ways VA pharmacy system could improve patient safety
The VA should update its pharmacy system's outpatient application, evaluate the system's capability to work with the DOD's pharmacy system and establish an inventory management capability, according to a Government Accountability Office report. The VA and DOD should also standardize data, and the VA should ensure that its evaluation of EHR alternatives includes level 3 capabilities and establish a method for sending prescriptions electronically to pharmacies outside the VA network, the report states.
Becker's Hospital Review (6/15) 
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National Health Care
S.D. task force IDs Medicaid spending that could be covered by IHS
A task force appointed by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said billing the Indian Health Service instead of Medicaid for Native Americans' health care would save about $1.8 million and enable the state to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates. The Health Care Solutions Coalition suggested setting up community health networks and expanding mental health and substance abuse services to more Medicaid-eligible people.
Black Hills Pioneer (Spearfish, S.D.) (6/14) 
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Health and Medical Research
Study: Veterans can experience severe headaches for years after TBI
Severe headaches due to traumatic brain injuries may last for years, according to a veteran-focused study presented at a meeting of the American Headache Society. "We don't know exactly how TBI causes these severe headaches, but their long-term persistence suggests that processes related to TBI remain active or produce permanent changes in the brain, allowing the headaches to continue," said the society's scientific program committee chairman, Peter Goadsby.
HealthDay News (6/20) 
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2017 AMSUS Awards nominations deadline is fast approaching
Nominations for the 2017 AMSUS Awards close Friday, June 30. So many individuals do outstanding work in their fields, yet are never publicly recognized for that work. AMSUS acknowledges the abilities of many outstanding federal health care individuals through the Awards Program. If you know of someone who should receive recognition, please make time to submit an award nomination.
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Veterans Affairs & Military Medicine Outlook
Faircount Media has released the most recent version of its publication touching on today's practices and the possibilities in future medicine. It contains interviews with leaders in military medicine and touches on geriatrics, the role of the hospitalist, advancements in precision medicine, research programs underway in the areas of women's health and obesity, and more. Start reading.
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