January 13, 2021
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Tricare Select beneficiaries were required to set up a payment plan by Dec. 31 to pay new enrollment fees, but nearly 175,000 have not done so, putting their continued coverage in jeopardy. Coverage can be reinstated if back enrollment fees are paid within six months.
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Military Health System
Brooke Army Medical Center is transferring some new pediatric inpatients to area children's medical centers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are taking this additional precautionary measure to ensure our health care professionals are poised to support an increased need for COVID-19 care for our service members and families," said BAMC deputy commander for surgical services Col. Patrick Osborn in a statement.
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Lance Cpl. Jaden Murry made history as the first servicemember to have his lower jaw recreated from a bone in his leg and 3D-printed teeth. The technique is expected to significantly shorten recovery time for Murry, who was diagnosed with a benign but aggressive bone tumor a year ago.
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Veterans Health Administration
A study in JAMA Network Open found that veterans who did not have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol before laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy were more likely to develop unhealthy use eight years after the surgery, compared with non-surgical controls.
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National Health Care
Nearly 9 million people in the US have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna as of Monday, according to the CDC. The number administered is less than one-third of the 25.4 million total doses distributed by the US government to date.
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Health and Medical Research
Handheld concussion blood test from Abbott cleared
The FDA has given clearance to Abbott for its handheld concussion blood test that can deliver results within 15 minutes.
Full Story: Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/11) 
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2020 AMSUS Annual Meeting attendees: Please complete post-event survey
To help AMSUS plan its next Annual Meeting, Feb. 7-11, 2022, a short post-event survey was emailed to all registered attendees today. Please complete the 8-question survey. Your feedback is important and helps AMSUS to continuously improve its Annual Meeting and other offerings. If you did not receive the email, please contact Martha.Silver@amsus.org to receive a link to the survey.
Sponsored by Arbinger and Mindset4Results, this complimentary series of webinars focuses on the journey to becoming a High Reliability Organization. The first webinar, "Starting with 'Why' - The Patient's Experience…the Providers' and Leaders' Challenge" runs Thursday, Feb. 18, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST. Register now. For more information about this webinar or to explore organizing an AMSUS webinar, contact Susan.Bachenheimer@amsus.org and Lori.Lawrence@amsus.org. To learn about webinar sponsorships, contact Stacie.McArdle@amsus.org.
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