2012 Issues


February 2012

New Eye Centers Goal is Vision Rehabilitation and Restoration for Injured Troops

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Eye wounds are devastating for deployed troops, and the past decade’s conflicts have created ample opportunities for that type of injury, with the prevalence of explosive devices, projectiles, chemicals, biohazards,... View Article

February 2012

Montana VA Program Replaces Insulin Syringes with Pens to Increase Compliance

By Annette M. Boyle FORT HARRISON, MT — For some veterans, “insulin resistance” is not only a physiological condition, it is a state of mind — one the VA Montana Healthcare System in Fort Harrison... View Article

February 2012

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them

I recently learned through the evening news that a Dutch scientist, Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands, has genetically engineered a deadly form of the H5N1 bird flu virus into an easily... View Article

February 2012

Studies Look at Combat Effects on Female Troops and Healthcare Providers

Several recently released studies conducted by a number of federal agencies examine the effects of combat on women, who now make up 15% of American military forces. As military healthcare providers see more frontline action,... View Article

February 2012

Report Prompted by Fort Hood Shooting Calls DoD Physician Credentialing Inadequate

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Reporting the results of an investigation begun after an Army physician opened fire and shot more than 40 people at Fort Hood in 2009, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says... View Article

February 2012

Claims Deadline Extended for Undiagnosed Gulf War Veterans

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Continuing a pattern of easing the way for Gulf War veterans to seek care and compensation, VA has extended the presumptive period for them to file claims for benefits for... View Article

February 2012

Continuing Afghanistan Conflict More Severe Injuries Keep Landstuhl Busy

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — On Dec. 27, when the U.S. military was only two days away from completing its pullout of troops of Iraq, came casualty reports from Afghanistan, a stark reminder of the... View Article

February 2012

Prescribing Employment VA Program Helps Disabled Vets Get A Job

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Work therapy has been a part of VA rehabilitative programs for decades, but only since 1984 has it been codified under a national clinical initiative. With the return of the... View Article

February 2012

Medical Colleges Pledge to Improve Training for Care of Military and Veterans

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Servicemembers who suffer from PTSD or other medical problems often seek treatment outside the military and veterans’ healthcare systems when they return from deployment. Civilian providers do not always have... View Article

February 2012

Study Looks at Usability of VA’s Personal Health Record System

INDIANAPOLIS — The VA’s My HealtheVet is not only the most widely disseminated personal health record system in the United States, it also is likely to become the model for such systems nationwide. That’s why... View Article

February 2012

Veterans in Cities More Likely to Use New HIV Drugs

Veterans in Cities More Likely to Use New HIV Drugs Urban veterans with HIV may be more likely than their rural counterparts to be early adopters of new HIV therapies, a recent study suggests.1 For... View Article

February 2012

Wounded Physician Heals Himself and Uses Experience to Help Other Veterans

By Steve Lewis MILWAUKEE — The old saw goes, “Physician health thyself,” but for Ken Lee, MD, chief of the Spinal Cord Injury Division at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, one could add: “And use... View Article

February 2012

VA Seeks to Increase Flu Vaccine Rates for Healthcare Staff after Last Year’s Drop

By Annette M. Boyle After recorded seasonal influenza vaccination rates among VHA healthcare personnel plummeted 21% last year compared with 2009-2010, the agency has set an aggressive goal of vaccinating 85% of healthcare workers during... View Article

February 2012

Military Winning Iraqibacter Battle But War on Resistant Organisms Continues

By Brenda L. Mooney Even after they are safely transported for medical treatment far from the combat zone, wounded servicemembers face powerful adversaries: multidrug-resistant organisms, which pose a greater risk to today’s injured servicemembers than... View Article

February 2012

Multiple Factors Spur Big Increases in TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy Usage

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Last year, a “perfect storm” seemed to result in more prescriptions filled by TRICARE’s mail-order pharmacy, and Chief of Pharmaceutical Operations Rear Adm. Thomas McGinnis said he hopes the trend... View Article

February 2012

Legislation Introduced to Help FDA Prevent and Control Drug Shortages

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Unless FDA knows of a potential drug shortage in advance, the agency is not very effective in preventing or controlling that shortage, according to a recent government report. The agency... View Article

February 2012

Marijuana Use Spikes Among Teens but Cigarette Smoking and Drinking Decline

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — A new survey of teen drug use shows that, while alcohol use continues its long-term decline, marijuana use has surprisingly spiked, suggesting a changing attitude among teens about the dangers... View Article

February 2012

Flu Research Sparks Debate About Bioterrorism and Government Control

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — In an unprecedented move, a federal panel has asked scientists and science journals to curtail the publication of research into avian flu (H5N1). The request has led to heated discussions... View Article

February 2012

Catalyst for Healing- Writing Helps Returning Troops Deal with Experiences

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In 2006, Ron Capps was on his third combat deployment when he took a 9-millimeter pistol and drove out to the desert in Darfur. He said he was prepared to... View Article

February 2012

Caffeine Shows Promise in Saving Lives of Brain Injured

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — The common chemical stimulant available in a cup of coffee or some soft drinks may hold promise for saving the lives of brain-injured troops. A recent preliminary study published in... View Article

February 2012

Program Protects Single Wounded Warriors from Financial Opportunists

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Single injured or wounded servicemembers might not have close family to take care of them when they return from deployment, and the financial compensation they receive can make them vulnerable... View Article

February 2012

IG Investigation Veterans Put at Risk by Call Center Problems in San Diego

By Stephen Spotswood SAN DIEGO — Inadequate training and mismanagement at the San Diego VA Healthcare System’s Primary Care Call Center (PCCC) has put patients at risk, according to an investigation conducted by the VA... View Article

February 2012

White House Positions on Contraceptives Fuel Controversy on All Sides

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Controversy over access to birth control is continuing with the Department of Health and Human Services’ recent decision to cover birth control as a preventive service under the Affordable Care... View Article

February 2012

Medicare No Pay Policy Had Little Effect on Catheter Associated UTIs

ANN ARBOR, MI–Did Medicare’s policy of withholding payment from non-federal hospitals for preventable nosocomial infections have the deserved effect? Not in every case, according to a new survey by the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare Center... View Article

February 2012

Progress Notes

HHS’S PROGRAM SUPPORT CENTER (PSC) HAS CLOSED ITS SILVER SPRING HHS’s data center in support of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), which is designed to eliminate waste by consolidating federal data centers the... View Article

               
           

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