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1. Low pay drives docs away from government employment

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

A poll by The Medicus Firm showed 36% of physicians said they would consider joining a government practice setting, while 29% said they would not consider it. Compensation was the primary reason for avoiding the practice setting, with 78% of respondents saying government pay was not sufficiently competitive. (01/26)

2. Guidelines updated for returning to duty after a concussion

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 14, 2015

Military personnel who have suffered a concussion must complete a six-step process of progressive activity before returning to full active duty under new guidelines compiled by the Progressive Activity Working Group established by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Patients must rest for 24 hours immediately post-concussion before progressing from light activity to unrestricted activity. United Press International (01/08)

3. Unique brain pattern seen in veterans with TBI, researchers say

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

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. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/19)

4. Congress promises strong oversight of VA medical centers

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

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. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/15)

5. Response to Gulf War illness divides vets, docs, researchers

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 07, 2015

Some Gulf War veterans say the Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to recognize Gulf War illness as a specific physiological condition and has blocked research, but VA officials say the illness is too difficult to classify and that millions of dollars have been spent on research. Scientists serving on a research advisory committee tied the illness to chemical exposures, but the VA never acknowledged Gulf War illness as a distinct disease. VA Secretary Robert McDonald recently said he is educating himself about the disease and believes it is real, though he did not say he believes it is a distinct disease. Nature (free content) (01/06)

6. Civilian doctors can send e-prescriptions to military pharmacies

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 14, 2015

Military pharmacies in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam are now equipped to handle electronic prescriptions written by nonmilitary doctors, Defense Health Agency officials said. Prescriptions for controlled substances must still be written by hand. Military Times (01/12)

7. IOM issues report on reservists' possible exposure to Agent Orange

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 14, 2015

Air Force reservists working in aircraft that had been used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War may have been exposed to the herbicide between 1972 and 1982, according to a report released Friday by the Institute of Medicine. Between 1,500 and 2,100 Air Force reservists trained and worked on the planes and could have experienced health problems because of the exposure, the report says. U.S. News & World Report (01/09)

8. PwC DOD bidding team expands, welcomes Google

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

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. (01/15)

9. Clinton Foundation puts spotlight on military, veteran health needs

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

The Clinton Foundation is spotlighting the health care needs of troops and veterans by dedicating part of its annual Health Matters Summit to health and wellness in the military. The nonprofit foundation plans to work on health programs for veterans, whose needs are diverse. "The ages of our veterans have changed in the past several years. We have veterans who are now 22, 23 years old and their health needs are very different from older veterans," said Rain Henderson, CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Military Times (01/27)

10. Okla. law gives free access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy to veterans with TBI

AMSUS SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), The (01/20)

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