Pilot program will let Tricare pay for some lab tests not approved by FDA | Senators work to help troops exposed to burn-pit fumes | Court focusing on veterans' health issues launches in N.H.
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July 16, 2014
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Pilot program will let Tricare pay for some lab tests not approved by FDA
A pilot program by the Defense Health Agency will allow Tricare to cover certain lab-developed genetic tests not approved by the FDA, such as tests for cystic fibrosis in utero and for inherited cancers. Labs and Tricare beneficiaries whose claims have been denied since Jan. 1, 2013, may reapply for reimbursement. Military Times (7/15), The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (7/14)
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Senators work to help troops exposed to burn-pit fumes
Lawmakers are trying to address concerns about troops' exposure to fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, an issue that veterans groups say is being neglected. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is developing legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a research network to study the effects of burn-pit fumes on service members' and veterans' health, while Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is calling on the VA to fix its troubled online Open Burn Pit Registry. Defense One/National Journal (7/13)
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Court focusing on veterans' health issues launches in N.H.
New Hampshire has established its first criminal court for veterans, which is designed to take into consideration trauma, substance abuse and anger-related problems arising from military service. Treatment of such issues will be a priority for the court. Diane Levesque, who runs the Veterans Justice Outreach program at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, will serve as a liaison between the court and health care providers. Concord Monitor (N.H.)/The Associated Press (7/11)
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SoonerCare boosts IHS, veterans' care in Okla.
The tribal relations coordinator for SoonerCare, Oklahoma's Medicaid program, is encouraging eligible Native Americans, including veterans, to enroll in the program. All Indian Health Service providers are also contracted SoonerCare providers, says Katie Carden, and SoonerCare reimburses IHS clinics for care provided to SoonerCare enrollees. SoonerCare also offers members non-emergency transportation, which has been a problem particularly for Native American veterans, she says. KGOU-FM (University of Oklahoma) (7/12)
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Report stresses the need for routine HIV clinical testing
Clinical exams alone can miss the early symptoms of HIV, so routine blood tests are an important tool for detection, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers reviewed data from studies involving 24,745 patients. Early signs of HIV include flu-like symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, rashes, swollen lymph nodes and oral ulcers, but the lack of symptoms does not mean there is no infection. DailyRx.com (7/17)
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Students design anti-bleeding injectable foam system
Johns Hopkins University undergraduates have created a new injectable foam system designed to stop bleeding and prevent wounded troops from losing too much blood before they reach a medical facility. Business Standard (India)/Press Trust of India (7/14)
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