Reinstatement of Tricare could cost troops thousands | Coast Guard to transition health records to MHS Genesis EHR system | VA benefits application omits USPHS, NOAA commissioned corps
April 11, 2018
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Reinstatement of Tricare could cost troops thousands
Monthly Tricare premium payments that were missed because of a change in contractors at the beginning of the year must be paid by troops and their families along with a one- or two-month advance payment in order to resume coverage, according to Tricare officials. The charges, which could total thousands of dollars, affect those households that did not update their payment information prior to Jan. 1.
Military online (4/9) 
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Coast Guard to transition health records to MHS Genesis EHR system
The Coast Guard will deploy and test initial test sites before integrating the health records of its members and clinics into the Department of Defense's MHS Genesis EHR system, said Stacy Cummings of the Defense Healthcare Management Systems. Cummings stated that this project would benefit both the Coast Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs, "and as we move forward together, we're going to be able to make the best decisions for all the partners."
Federal Times (4/9) 
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VA benefits application omits USPHS, NOAA commissioned corps
The online application for VA benefits omits the US Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, leaving these veterans unable to apply for benefits despite their eligibility.
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Definition of privatization differs among those with interest in VA
Concerns about privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care functions are high among veterans' advocacy groups and lawmakers as confirmation hearings loom for a new VA secretary. The issue is unclear because those involved in the debate have differing ideas about what privatization means.
Military Times (tiered subscription model) (4/10) 
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National Health Care
Those at risk from opioids should carry naloxone, surgeon general says
Those at risk from opioids should carry naloxone, surgeon general says
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An advisory from Surgeon General Jerome Adams recommends that people at risk or who know someone at risk of opioid overdosing should keep naloxone on hand, and that the government and insurers should make the anti-overdose drug more affordable. Systemic changes should include immediate access to treatment or a peer recovery coach, he said.
National Public Radio (4/5) 
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Study links TBI to higher risk of dementia
Research published in Lancet Psychiatry found patients who had any type of traumatic brain injury had a 24% higher risk of dementia than those who did not experience a TBI. Even experiencing one mild TBI increased the risk of dementia by 17%.
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