DHS standardizing care at San Diego military hospitals | Partners' deployments may raise depression risk in pregnant spouses | Proposal would expand veterans' access to private-sector health care
January 16, 2019
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DHS standardizing care at San Diego military hospitals
The Defense Health Agency's assumption of operational responsibility for two San Diego military medical centers in 2020 will result in more standardized, consistent care and will better enable military members to get health care through the VA or the private sector, says DHA Director Vice Adm. Raquel Bono. The change will both improve efficiency within the military medical system and make health care more personal and accessible for military personnel, Bono says.
KNBC-TV (Los Angeles) (1/10) 
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Cybersecurity to Protect Hospitals
UChicago is livestreaming the talk "Cyberbiosecurity: Cybersecurity Protecting Hospitals and Research" on January 30. Tune in to our livestream to hear Argonne National Lab's cybersecurity lead discuss ways to protect hospitals and research facilities.
Veterans Health Administration
Proposal would expand veterans' access to private-sector health care
Guidelines proposed by the VA would make it easier for veterans to get government-funded health care at civilian hospitals and walk-in clinics. Critics say the move would shift funds away from VA hospitals, but VA Secretary Robert Wilkie disagrees, saying that veterans prefer the VA health system and "want to go places where people speak the language and understand the culture."
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/12) 
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Supreme Court won't hear veterans' case alleging illness from burn pits
The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from military veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq who say contractor KBR caused them injury and illness by maintaining burn pits that released toxic smoke. In 2018, the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit found that KBR burned waste at the military's direction and, therefore, was not liable in the case.
National Public Radio (1/16) 
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National Health Care
IHS care hit by shutdown
About 60% of the Indian Health Service workforce is working without pay as the partial government shutdown continues, according to the HHS shutdown plan. Some patients say they have experienced delays in care and struggled to get referrals.
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)/The Associated Press (1/13) 
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Health and Medical Research
DOD funds $11M study to develop radiation exposure treatments
The DOD is funding a five-year, $11 million study led by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center to develop treatments for troops exposed to radiation.
KOLN-TV/KGIN-TV (Nebraska) (1/14),  Daily Nebraskan (University of Nebraska) (1/14) 
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DoD/VA Pain Management: Strategies and Collaboration in the Midst of the National Epidemic of Opioid Overuse, Misuse and Diversion
In the midst of a CDC-declared epidemic of opioid overuse and misuse, the DoD and VA have been developing and implementing comprehensive pain management strategies since the early 2000's. This AMSUS seminar will include DoD and VA strategies, collaborations, and outcomes of the ongoing evolution of pain measurement, treatments and education that has been spearheaded across the DoD and VA health systems. Many of the DoD and VA initiatives have been recognized as best practices that are being utilized in civilian medicine. Location: VHA National Conference Center, Crystal City, Va. Date: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 Presenters: COL Kevin Galloway, USA (ret) & Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD
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