December 2015

Do you believe the quality of care provided by advanced practice providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants can be as good as that provided by physicians?

Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do you believe the quality of care provided by advanced practice providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants can be as good as that provided by physicians?… Read More

Enhanced Screening Seeks to Prevent Military Suicides

Enhanced Screening Seeks to Prevent Military Suicides

Is it possible to prevent military suicide by regularly monitoring troops’ resilience, just as their physical fitness is now measured?

VA Questioned on Handling of Presumptive Status for Toxic Exposures

VA Questioned on Handling of Presumptive Status for Toxic Exposures

Senators questioned VA on how it is determining presumptive status for veterans with conditions liked to topic exposures and pressed the agency to move quickly to ensure veterans receive benefits.

New Gout Classification Criteria Released Recently

The American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism recently came out with new 2015 Gout Classification Criteria.

Research Suggests Gout Drug Could Lower Diabetes Risk Among Veterans

Could a common drug used for gout lower the risk of diabetes? That’s what a recent study in the journal Clinical Therapeutics endeavored to find out.

Evaluation of Allopurinol Use for Acute Gout Attack

SAN ANTONIO — Allopurinol traditionally has not been initiated during an acute gout attack to avoid prolonging the painful arthritis. Instead, the 2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for the Management of Gout suggest that urate-lowering therapy can be started… Read More

MD Lawmakers Urge VA to Hire Scribes to Increase Physician Efficiency

MD Lawmakers Urge VA to Hire Scribes to Increase Physician Efficiency

With medical staff often overwhelmed by documentation and data-entry requirements, VA should use medical scribes more widely across its system, two physician lawmakers recently urged.

TRICARE Promises Cost Savings for Everyone with RX Shift

TRICARE Promises Cost Savings for Everyone with RX Shift

It’s a case of bad news-good news: TRICARE beneficiaries, as of Oct. 1, have fewer options for getting certain prescriptions filled, but their costs are lower.

Cirrhosis Expected to Peak by 2021 in VA; Liver Cancer Epidemic Continues

Cirrhosis Expected to Peak by 2021 in VA; Liver Cancer Epidemic Continues

For the VA, the combination of effective treatment options and much lower prevalence of HCV in younger veterans may offer a light at the end of the tunnel — and a turning point in the steady rise of HCV-associated complications such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in only a few years.

DoD, VA Scolded Again for EHR Interoperability Delays

DoD, VA Scolded Again for EHR Interoperability Delays

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — DoD informed Congress last month that it has met key interoperability requirements set forth in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. DoD Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendell wrote in a… Read More

'Big Data' Helps Predict Which Soldiers Most Likely to Commit Violent Crimes

‘Big Data’ Helps Predict Which Soldiers Most Likely to Commit Violent Crimes

Technology Could Help DoD Better Address Workplace Violence By Annette M. Boyle CAMBRIDGE, MA — As the DoD struggles with implementing a uniform workplace violence program that includes prevention and response protocols, a key tool has been lacking: How to… Read More

Diabetes Overtreatment Continues for Older VA Patients

Diabetes Overtreatment Continues for Older VA Patients

Some Clinicians Worry More About Malpractice Than Hypoglycemia By Brenda L. Mooney ANN ARBOR, MI — Despite a VA campaign to raise awareness of hypoglycemia and recommendations from the national Choosing Wisely campaign to less aggressively treat older patients with… Read More

Veterans with Skin Cancer Lacked Awareness of Personal Risks

SAN ANTONIO — Veterans with skin cancer might not be as aware of the dangers of sun exposure or the necessity for skin protection as they should be. In a study published recently in Military Medicine, researchers from the Audie… Read More

Scarce Sun Protection in Iraq, Afghanistan Put Troops at Risk

NASHVILLE, TN — It wasn’t only the climate that increased the risk of skin cancer for military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lack of sun protection also was a contributing factor, according to a new study. Results published recently… Read More