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January 21, 2015
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Congress promises strong oversight of VA medical centers
The chairmen of the Veterans' Affairs Committees in the House and Senate said they will keep a close eye on the Department of Veterans Affairs as officials implement the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. The law funds the hiring of more staff at VA medical centers and allows veterans to see civilian doctors in an effort to clear a backlog of medical cases and reduce patient wait times. Members of Congress also promised to make a veteran suicide-prevention bill a top priority. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/15)
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PwC DOD bidding team expands, welcomes Google
PricewaterhouseCoopers said Google has joined its bidding team for the Defense Department's EHR modernization contract. Google's IT capabilities are expected to strengthen the Defense Operational Readiness Health System, an open-source EHR platform that the group is proposing to DOD. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/15)
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VA whistleblowers are offered relief
More than two dozen workers who experienced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints against Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics have been offered relief by the VA. Among them are a doctor who reported errors at a Maryland clinic and was subsequently reprimanded and retired and a nurse manager in Washington state who refused to change a subordinate's performance evaluation. The nurse manager, whose job was threatened, will keep the job during an investigation, and the doctor will have a negative appraisal removed from his record. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/20)
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National Health Care
Bipartisan bill would fund IHS for 2-year cycles
Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., introduced a bill to appropriate funds for the Indian Health Service every two years. Meanwhile, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., co-sponsored a bill in their chamber to shift all appropriations to two-year cycles. Roll Call (free content)/Healthopolis blog (1/16)
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Unique brain pattern seen in veterans with TBI, researchers say
Scientists have observed a honeycomb pattern of broken connections in scans of the frontal lobes of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who suffered TBI but who died back home from noncombat-related causes. Researchers found a distinct "neural signature" in blast victims that was vastly different from the TBIs in car accident victims. "We saw a type of disease in the brain not seen before. We didn't even know if we'd see any sign of disease," said pathologist and neuropsychiatrist Dr. Vassilis Koliatsos, a study researcher. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/19)
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Guidance calls for obesity-first treatment strategy
Physicians should treat patients' weight problems first and then focus on related medical issues such as high cholesterol, hypertension and impaired glucose tolerance, according to a guidance report published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Lead author Dr. Caroline Apovian of Boston University said this new paradigm focuses on lifestyle change and medications to treat obesity, followed by the treatment of comorbidities that have not responded to weight loss strategies. Medscape (free registration) (1/16), NEJM Journal Watch (1/20)
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