October 13, 2021
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VA officials announced plans to close the agency's Office of Community Care, causing some concerns that veterans' care would be compromised. However, the VA said the move is part of a transformation and modernization process that ultimately will improve care for veterans.
Full Story: Military Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13) 
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The Army said it will establish resource centers for victims of sexual assault and harassment on six bases in a one-year pilot program, as well as a center for Reserve members at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The National Guard will not participate in the project because it operates under a variety of state rules and orders.
Full Story: Military online (10/6) 
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Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy Broglio said Catholic soldiers should not have to get the COVID-19 vaccine if it goes against their consciences. The Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in August that soldiers would be required to get vaccinated.
Full Story: Military Times (tiered subscription model) (10/12) 
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AARP introduced the Veterans and Military Families Health Benefits Navigator online tool to help veterans better understand and access Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense health benefits. A RAND study found that although close to 60% of veterans are eligible for VA health services, less than half of those veterans actually use them.
Full Story: AARP (10/12) 
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The Rural Telehealth Access Task Force Act was introduced in Congress last week with the aims of studying telehealth availability in rural areas and determining how barriers to its use can be overcome for better patient health. The task force would include professionals from the FCC, HHS, VA and National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Full Story: mHealth Intelligence (10/12) 
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Hospitals including some in the VA system have been testing and implementing 5G technology to enhance aspects of care that use an Internet connection. Wider rollout of the technology likely will take several years.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital Review (10/11) 
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