Less than 0.03% of military service members were diagnosed with a gambling disorder or were treated for problem gambling through the Military Health System from 2011 to 2015, but a Government Accountability Office report says the military should screen for the disorder as it does for other addictive disorders. The Defense Department said it would do more to promote awareness and education but said broad screening is impractical for such a low-prevalence disorder.
Rob Thomas, acting assistant secretary for information and technology and acting CIO for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Information and Technology, said during a House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing that the VA will shift to a commercial EHR system. "My goal, my charge, is that we go commercial to the greatest extent possible," Thomas said.
Seven Democrats on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reverse a freeze on hiring personnel to serve Native Americans, including at the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education. "Even before the hiring freeze was announced, Federal agencies that provide these services were struggling to recruit and retain a qualified workforce, with personnel vacancies consistently cited by the Government Accountability Office and agency inspectors general as a major factor in the lack of available essential and basic services for Native peoples," the senators wrote.
Surgeons who completed a two-hour training session were better able to explain best- and worst-case treatment risks to frail, elderly patients than surgeons who did not complete the training, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. The training included exercises designed to help surgeons consider alternative treatments or no treatment as options to meet patients' goals.
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