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April 11, 2012
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  • VA could face budget woes if it can't estimate cost savings accurately
    Legislators and veteran service organizations are concerned that the Department of Veterans Affairs' struggles with accurately projecting savings from cost-cutting measures may result in budget shortfalls. The VA planned for a total of $2.5 billion in savings for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 through measures such as the use of nonphysician providers and reduced administrative support costs. U.S. Medicine (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Ten Predictions for 2012 on Smartphones in Hospitals
Smartphones have kicked off a communications revolution in healthcare, including federal agencies. Given this changing environment, we assembled a roundtable of industry and technology experts to compile this list of what 2012 will mean for smartphone use in hospitals. Download white paper report now.
  Military Health Systems 
  • Physicians concerned by new limits in TRICARE's referral policy
    Physicians are raising concerns over a new referral policy from TRICARE South contractor Humana Military Healthcare Services. Under the new policy, providers will no longer be able to freely make patient referral recommendations, but instead will have to use a Humana computer-generated list of choices. Army Times (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app will monitor vital signs remotely
    Adhere 2 Care recently announced its mobile Android application designed to aid medical treatment in military, disaster and other emergency situations is ready to be used. The app will transmit data collected by sensors or biosensor devices to a cloud-based online portal and may also be used to locate and monitor troops in remote areas. (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Veterans Health Administration 
  • VA issues rule to eliminate in-home video telemedicine copayments
    The Department of Veterans Affairs will eliminate in-home video telemedicine copayments starting May 7 unless it receives significant unfavorable comments on the regulation, according to a direct final rule issued by the VA. "This would remove a barrier that may have previously discouraged veterans from choosing to use in-home video telehealth as a viable medical care option. In turn, VA hopes to make the home a preferred place of care, whenever medically appropriate and possible," the agency stated in its proposed rule. Health Data Management (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study examines effects of progesterone on TBI
    An international study of 1,180 patients is examining how the immediate delivery of progesterone may impact recovery from traumatic brain injury. Previous studies on rats that showed faster recovery rates for pregnant females, combined with data that show younger women in general recover more quickly than men after TBI, helped prompt the study. The Indianapolis Star (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AMSUS News 
  • 2012 AMSUS Annual Awards Program
    AMSUS members can nominate a deserving individual or group for the 2012 Annual Awards Program for outstanding work in their field. The nomination process takes place electronically, and nominations will be accepted starting April 30. The deadline for nominations and essay submissions is June 30. Send your inquiries to LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Special offer for AMSUS members
    The Military Healthcare Convention and Conference will take place on May 21–24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. AMSUS members are entitled to a complimentary expo pass, giving you access to over 50 vendors displaying the latest and greatest in wound care technology and rehabilitation. The Conference features special workshops focusing on PTSD/TBI and telehealth. All AMSUS members are entitled to a 20% discount. E-mail for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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