November 2012

Physician Overcomes TBI to Return to Active-Duty Medicine

By Steve Lewis Lt. Col. Eric Holt returned to medical practice against all odds after suffering a traumatic brain injury. BETHESDA, MD – It never occurred to Lt. Col. Eric Holt, DO, that he wouldn’t fully recover from the multiple… Read More

Complementary Therapies Highly Effective for PTSD

By Annette M. Boyle “This is a gentle approach. Desensitization or exposure therapy is a rough thing; medications have side effects. Some people don’t want to see a counselor for [cognitive behavioral therapy]. In contrast, this is pleasant to do.… Read More

Invasive Fungal Infections Complicate Treatment, Increase Mortality of IED-Wounded Servicemembers

By Brenda L. Mooney U.S. Marine Cpl. Sean Grady, a dog handler and pointman with Echo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and Ace, an improvised explosive device detection dog, pause for a break while sweeping a chokepoint during a… Read More

Despite Formulary, High-Cost Diabetes Drug Use Varies Widely Across VA Facilities

By Brenda L. Mooney PITTSBURGH — Despite a tightly managed national formulary, the use of high-cost drugs to treat diabetes shows “substantial” variation across the VA healthcare system, according to a new research letter. The VA-funded report, published online by… Read More

Many Healthcare Providers Lose VA Retention Bonuses

By Sandra BasuWASHINGTON — In response to congressional criticism and an Inspector General’s report last year, VA has restricted use of retention bonuses across its health system, in effect reducing compensation for more than 6,700 employees. ***************** Opinion poll: Should… Read More

Federal Medicine Organizational Meetings – Tarred with the Same Brush?

The recent General Services Administration (GSA) Las Vegas conference scandal, involving clowns and a mind reader (I could not dream this stuff up if I tried), must seem like manna from heaven for the likes of John Stewart and Stephen… Read More

Another Hit to Pocketbook: Federal Pay Freeze Continues

 By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON–Federal civilian healthcare professionals hoping that the federal pay freeze would be lifted this holiday season will have to wait a little longer. President Obama signed legislation at the end of September that will extend the two-year… Read More

Services in Question as Sequestration Looms

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — The clock is ticking in Washington as the January 2013 implementation of sequestration looms ever nearer. Pentagon officials warned that such drastic cuts would make it difficult to pay Defense Health Program providers and likely… Read More

Air Force Says Changes to F-22 Aircraft Will Let Pilots Breathe Easier in Flight

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Pilots will be able to breathe easier as a result of changes to the oxygen systems in the F-22 aircraft, Air Force officials recently assured a House committee. The F-22 fleet has been under intense… Read More

Removing Junk Food from Schools Could Increase Pool of Potential Military Recruits

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — With 1 in 4 young adults too overweight to join the military, a group of retired senior military leaders offers this advice: Remove junk food from the schools. “The problem of junk food sold in… Read More