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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
AMSUS Policy Forum: The Opioid Crisis in America Due to last week's inclement weather this event has been rescheduled - Please join us Thursday, May 3rd at the Army & Navy Club in Washington DC for this engaging panel discussion with speakers from ONC, NIH and more. More details and registration.
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%.
Join AMSUS on May 4 at the USO -- Warrior & Family Center at Fort Belvoir for this informative seminar and networking event. The MHS Stepped Care Model seeks to provide patients with the most effective pain management guided by CPGs while avoiding chronic pain, reducing opioid use and minimizing complications for the minority of patients who do require opioids. Our expert panel will talk about some of the keys to implementing this model. CEs available. Space is limited, so register today!