Military pay, programs face suspension amid budget turmoil | Special ops' battlefield first-aid kits to include freeze-dried plasma | Hospital resolves kickback allegations affecting Tricare, Medicare for $7.5M
December 6, 2017
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Military pay, programs face suspension amid budget turmoil
Military pay and programs for service members are likely to be suspended if Congress doesn't reach a deal by the end of the week to keep the government running. Lawmakers could pass another continuing resolution while they negotiate a budget deal, but if they fail to do so, the government might shut down briefly.
Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (12/5) 
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Leaders in Traumatic Brain Injury Research to Meet
The 8th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference is coming back to Washington, DC on May 16-17, 2018. This conference brings together researchers and clinicians from industry, academia, the military and government to present ground-breaking research in a variety of areas related to traumatic brain injury. Register here.
Military Health System
Special ops' battlefield first-aid kits to include freeze-dried plasma
Freeze-dried blood plasma will now be included in all first-aid kits that accompany US special operations troops heading for war zones. US troops will continue using a product obtained from France until Teleflex gains FDA approval for its version, which will be derived from plasma purchased from blood banks.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (11/30) 
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Veterans Health Administration
VA, Google, NAMI launch search algorithm designed to help users with PTSD
The VA has partnered with Google and the National Alliance on Mental Illness on a search algorithm that returns links to resources and an online screening tool to users who search for terms pertaining to post-traumatic stress disorder. Users will see an overview of PTSD facts and treatment information, and those who indicate they might have PTSD will be directed to the screening tool, which the developers say is a step toward obtaining care.
MobiHealthNews (12/5) 
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VA to make hyperbaric oxygen therapy for PTSD available
Some veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder may soon be offered a therapy involving hyperbaric oxygen. The VA will offer the therapy even though it has not been approved for PTSD treatment by the Food and Drug Administration.
Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (11/30) 
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National Health Care
OIG to focus on cybersecurity, IT issues in value-based care, other areas
The HHS Office of Inspector General's semiannual report states that the agency plans to continue working on cybersecurity and information technology issues in value-based care, managed care programs, grants management, mental health services, and quality and safety of programs that serve Alaska Native and American Indian patients. "By leveraging advanced analytic techniques to detect potential vulnerabilities and fraud trends, we are better able to target our resources at those areas and individuals most in need of oversight," wrote Inspector General Daniel Levinson.
Health IT Security (12/4) 
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Health and Medical Research
Study: Topical metformin hastened wound healing
A study in the journal Aging Cell found that topical administration of metformin accelerated wound healing, improving epidermis, hair follicles, collagen deposition and vascularization in young rodents. The treatment was effective in aging skin, which is more susceptible to chronic, nonhealing wounds.
Science Trends (11/29) 
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Obtaining CEs from 2017 AMSUS Meeting
If you attended the 2017 AMSUS Meeting and attended sessions for continuing education credit, be sure to complete your evaluations. You have until Jan. 1 to complete these for each session you attended in order to receive your CECs and certificates. Overall meeting evaluation forms must also be completed. For more information, visit the AMSUS Meeting website.
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We want pictures!
Were you busy taking pictures at the AMSUS Annual Meeting? Plenaries, breakout sessions, networking, show floor, awards dinner and more -- we would love to see them! If you haven't already, please post them on Facebook or on Twitter using #AMSUS2017 or email them to us. We will be making a photo album to wrap up this year's event. Thank you.
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