VA funding request complicates reform bill talks
Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson has asked Congress for $17.6 billion in new funding over three years, creating a sticking point in negotiations over a VA health care reform bill. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., urged lawmakers to include the request in the current talks, but some Republicans say the request should be rejected. The Hill
Tribes convey frustration with care provided by IHS
Representatives of the Unified Tribal Health Board told congressional staffers during a meeting Friday that problems such as misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment are ongoing at Indian Health Service care facilities. The IHS' acting director said in a letter to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., that hours have been expanded at 10 of 12 area clinics and a new governing body has been established to manage federal hospitals and health care performance. The Rapid City Journal (S.D.)
CDC finds inappropriate prescribing of antivirals, antibiotics
Among patients at high risk for flu complications, only 19% were prescribed antiviral medications, while 30% were given antibiotics, which are ineffective against flu, according to a CDC report published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The findings suggest that "antiviral medications were underprescribed and antibiotics may have been inappropriately prescribed to a large proportion of outpatients with influenza," researchers said. HealthDay News
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