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November 14, 2012
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  • Changes to Tricare Prime eligibility loom
    Defense officials are expected to confirm planned changes to Tricare benefits for tens of thousands of military retirees and their dependents that will take effect during 2013. Individuals living more than 40 miles from a military treatment center will soon be forced to shift from Tricare Prime to Tricare Standard coverage, resulting in higher out-of-pocket costs for those who need regular access to services. HeraldNet (Everett, Wash.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Military Health Systems 
  • Most common veteran injuries associated with hearing
    Tinnitus and hearing loss were the most common service-connected disabilities for which veterans received disability compensation in 2011, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Loud military transport vehicles, firing ranges and combat arena explosions are some of the main causes of hearing damage. NBC News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Veterans Health Administration 
  • States sign up to support VA program
    Kansas has joined a Department of Veterans Affairs collaborative effort with state institutions to enhance medical services for veterans. The VA Heartland Network, which also includes Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas and Kentucky, aims to provide veterans with access to mental and general health services closer to where they live. American City Business Journals/Wichita, Kan. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caregivers struggle with challenges of veterans' care
    Thousands of caregivers of military veterans suffering from conditions such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury have reached out to the Department of Veterans Affairs for assistance. The VA recognizes that many caregivers, who have little or no medical training themselves, are at risk of developing Secondary PTSD as they struggle to cope with loved ones' illnesses. "Although they didn't experience that initial trauma that injured the veteran, they are experiencing that trauma through being exposed to what the veteran has endured," says the VA's Deborah Amdur. CBS News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  National Health Care 
  • Study tracks impacts of EHR use on care quality
    Physicians who employ EHRs as part of their standard patient operations deliver a higher quality of care, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers noted doctors using EHRs performed significantly higher on screening measures for breast cancer, diabetes, colorectal cancer and chlamydia. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health and Medical Research 
  • Researchers examine telemedicine's use in managing concussion
    A study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix profiled how telemedicine tools were used in assessing and diagnosing the concussion symptoms of a 15-year-old patient in rural Arizona. The patient, who was being treated at a regional facility that did not have neurological support, consulted with a concussion specialist through telemedicine, who assessed his symptoms and made recommendations. "The ability to identify a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) soon after it is sustained, whether on the battlefield or the sports field, is of great importance and high utility," said Charles Doarn, co-editor of the journal Telemedicine and e-Health, which will publish the report. Healthcare Informatics online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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