Proposed bill would allow veterans to enroll in HSAs | Carter outlines his priorities as he's sworn in as defense secretary | VA wants to close old, little-used hospitals, clinics
February 18, 2015
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Proposed bill would allow veterans to enroll in HSAs
Veterans would be allowed to suspend their Tricare benefits and enroll in a health savings account under a bill proposed by Reps. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. Veterans could use an HSA to pay for medical costs and save for future medical expenses, Stewart says. Veterans must now permanently opt out of Tricare to participate in other health plans, such as HSAs. Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (2/16)
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Carter outlines his priorities as he's sworn in as defense secretary
Ashton Carter was sworn in Tuesday as the new defense secretary. Outlining his priorities to Pentagon personnel, Carter vowed to assist the president in making sound national security decisions, ensure the strength and health of the nation's military and create a balanced defense budget. Stars and Stripes (2/17)
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5 tips for managing negative online comments
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VA wants to close old, little-used hospitals, clinics
The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to close half-occupied and unused hospitals and clinics, but getting congressional support might be tricky. There are 336 buildings owned by the VA across the country that are aging, sparsely occupied or completely empty, resulting in more than $24 million a year in maintenance costs. "It's time to close the VA's old substandard and underutilized infrastructure," VA Secretary Robert McDonald said. Military Times (2/17)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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CDC: Measles cases reach 141
CDC officials reported Tuesday that 141 patients in 17 states and Washington, D.C., have been infected with measles, and 80% of the cases have been tied to the Disneyland outbreak. Illinois showed the highest growth in cases, with 11 so far this week, up from three last week. HealthDay News (2/17)
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Study assesses risks in taking long-acting opioids
Research that involved data on 840,606 veterans, who were mostly male and over age 50, linked long-acting opioid medications with greater odds of unintentional overdoses compared with shorter-acting forms of the medicines. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found the risk escalated during the first two weeks of treatment. Medscape (free registration) (2/18)
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In-flight transfusions boost survival odds, lower shock risk for trauma cases
A retrospective study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons evaluated the use of in-flight transfusions for trauma patients being flown to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. An analysis of data on 240 patients who received transfusions and 480 matched controls found that those who received in-flight transfusions were more likely to survive the first day after injury, were less likely to be in shock at arrival and did not require as many blood transfusions at the hospital. HealthDay News (2/16)
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Call for reviewers
AMSUS is organizing volunteer reviewers to help select presentations for the 2015 AMSUS Annual Continuing Education Meeting. Reviewers must be active AMSUS members and will be responsible for reading a select set of abstracts and submitting recommendations. We are looking for individuals across disciplines including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, dietitians and medical administrators. E-mail no later than March 20 for more information or to volunteer. You will need to submit a CV including contact information and a list of your medical credentials. Planning to submit an abstract? The abstract submission portal will open in early March -- so get your presentations ready.
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