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October 24, 2012
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  • Ore. congressman pushes for answers on Tricare Prime changes
    Oregon Rep. Greg Walden is asking Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson why military retirees and their families have yet to receive official word on impending changes to Tricare Prime. Defense officials plan to cut Tricare Prime in Oregon and elsewhere in the Tricare West region next year but have yet to make any formal announcements. According to a Pentagon official, after the cuts, Tricare Prime will only be offered in areas within a 40-mile radius of military medical facilities. Army Times (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Military Health Systems 
  • Army to provide in-depth training for flight medics
    The Army is expanding training for flight medics from 21 to 55 weeks in a bid to enhance treatment during medical evacuations on helicopters. The Critical Care Flight Paramedic Program, developed as a result of an increase in complex battlefield injuries coming out of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, aims to give 950 flight medics the in-depth training to qualify as paramedics by 2018. Army Times Prime(subscription required) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Veterans Health Administration 
  • Data show higher denial rate for reservists' VA claims
    National Guard and Reserve members who served in Afghanistan and Iraq face more challenges in having disability compensation claims approved by the VA compared with other veterans, according to Veterans for Common Sense. The group obtained data under the Freedom of Information Act that reveal National Guard and Reserve members are four times as likely as active-duty personnel to see their claims denied. Army Times (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  National Health Care 
  • VA, IHS set sights on better suicide prevention services
    The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service have adopted a formal agreement to work together on improvements to suicide prevention services. Men 20-24 years old have the highest suicide rate within the American Indian/Alaska Native population -- which is also the highest rate of any population group in the U.S. Presenters at last month's National Indian Health Board conference also noted that often, returning veterans fall into the 20-24 age range. Indian Country Today (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health and Medical Research 
  • Wider colonoscopy use tied to lower incidence of colon cancer
    The decline in the number of colorectal cancer cases in the U.S. between 1993 and 2009 correlates with Medicare's decision to extend colonoscopy coverage in 2001, a study showed. The findings, published in the journal Gastroenterology, suggest a link between colonoscopy rates and lower incidence of colon cancer but failed to prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AMSUS News 
  • AMSUS postpones Annual Continuing Education Meeting
    The AMSUS Executive Director and its Board of Managers regret to inform you that we found it necessary to postpone the AMSUS 118th Annual Continuing Education Meeting. Due to unexpected circumstances beyond our control, we have been unable to secure the attendance of a sufficient number of military and federal health professionals to go forward with the meeting at this time. The AMSUS legacy of excellence will be sustained, and we will present a continuing series of future meetings as soon as circumstances permit. We will work closely with our members, exhibitors, corporate sponsors and other stakeholders to resolve the many administrative details related to this postponement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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