Department of Defense (DoD)

DoD, VA Still Struggle with Diagnosing, Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

DoD, VA Still Struggle with Diagnosing, Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Diagnosing and treating mild traumatic brain injury continues to pose challenges for clinicians, TBI experts told lawmakers.

VA Promises to Resolve Late Payment Issues with Community Healthcare Providers

Slow Reimbursement Frustrated Clinicians, Hurt Veterans’ Credit By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—Citing the importance of providing payments in a “timely and consistent manner,” the VA announced that it has revised its regulations for payment and reimbursement of non-VA providers. “Our outside… Read More

MHS Leads the Way With Alternative Remedies for Pain, Mental Health

MHS Leads the Way With Alternative Remedies for Pain, Mental Health

The military health system has taken a leading position with the availability and usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)W.

Change in VA/DoD Guidelines for Low Back Pain Surprising Even for Authors

Change in VA/DoD Guidelines for Low Back Pain Surprising Even for Authors

If VA clinicians are surprised by the significant changes in the updated recommendations recently issued by the VA and DoD for the diagnosis and management of low back pain, they are not alone. The evidence review even shocked many members of the work group that wrote the new clinical practice guidelines.

'Hacking' to Improve Care for Wounded Warriors

‘Hacking’ to Improve Care for Wounded Warriors

Hacking isn’t always a bad thing, especially if the result is devices that can help protect servicemembers from injuries.

Shulkin Pushes for Funding so VA Can ‘Piggyback’ on DoD’s EHR Implementation

Shulkin Pushes for Funding so VA Can ‘Piggyback’ on DoD’s EHR Implementation

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON—After announcing VA’s decision earlier this year to replace VistA with the same electronic health record (EHR) that DoD is using, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, made a trip to Capitol Hill last month to implore lawmakers… Read More

Navy Doctor Promotes the Healing Power of Artistic Expression

Navy Doctor Promotes the Healing Power of Artistic Expression

Patients who are struggling with TBI and PTSD often find themselves frustrated in a traditional model of care that involves sitting in a room and talking about what they’re experiencing.

Trials Provide Promising Results for Army-Developed Zika Vaccine

Trials Provide Promising Results for Army-Developed Zika Vaccine

A vaccine developed by Army researchers to combat Zika virus not only induced a robust immune response in trials but also was found to be safe and well-tolerated in healthy adults.

VA/DoD Process Ensures Guidelines Reflect Current Research

VA/DoD Process Ensures Guidelines Reflect Current Research

By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON—Clinicians treating veterans and military patients can expect new guidelines in the coming year on sleep disorders, stroke, asthma, suicide prevention and chronic kidney disease. The VA/DoD guidelines for major diseases and common conditions in the… Read More

Army Pharmacy Finds Shorter Hours Reduces Wait Times

Army Pharmacy Finds Shorter Hours Reduces Wait Times

The pharmacy team at McDonald Army Health Center (MCAHC) on Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia had a common problem—longer than desired wait times for patients to pick up prescriptions.

Device Developers ‘Kicked a Hornet’s Nest’ in Hemorrhage and Shock Treatment

Device Developers ‘Kicked a Hornet’s Nest’ in Hemorrhage and Shock Treatment

For Air Force Col. Todd Rasmussen, MD, and Jonathan Eliason, MD, the idea for a new way to treat internal hemorrhaging on the battlefield was hard-won.

DoD Policies Ensure Sufficient Yellow Fever Vaccine Despite Global Shortage

DoD Policies Ensure Sufficient Yellow Fever Vaccine Despite Global Shortage

In mid-2016, Sanofi Pasteur announced that manufacturing issues could produce a YF-VAX shortage that might last for several months.

DoD Advances Development of Freeze-Dried Plasma for Battlefield Deployment

DoD Advances Development of Freeze-Dried Plasma for Battlefield Deployment

For the first time since the Korean War, American troops have access to freeze-dried plasma in the field. Currently only available to special forces, the blood product has already saved lives.

Navy Functional Restoration Pain Program Shows Success

Chronic pain is the leading cause of medical discharge from active duty military service. Disability payments related to the condition also are a significant economic cost to the DoD.

Award-Winning Army PA Seeks to Improve Battlefield Emergency Care

Award-Winning Army PA Seeks to Improve Battlefield Emergency Care

Maj. Jonathan Monti, DSc, PA-C, says he does not believe in haphazardly adding new technology to the already-overwhelming amount of gear carried by those providing medical care on the battlefield.

MHS Implements Multiple Programs to Improve PTSD and Depression Care

MHS Implements Multiple Programs to Improve PTSD and Depression Care

In the year since the release of a RAND report critical of follow-up within the Military Health System (MHS) for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, the DoD has released results of several new programs to improve screening, increase the number of therapeutic visits and track mental health measures.

Military Physicians Unprepared to Treat Transgender Patients as Deadline Approaches

Military Physicians Unprepared to Treat Transgender Patients as Deadline Approaches

When the DoD lifted the ban on transgender individuals serving in the armed forces last year, it set an aggressive goal of June 2017 for proficiency in treating personnel with gender dysphoria.

Alcohol, Drug Problems Dramatically Increase Veterans’ Suicide Risk

Alcohol, Drug Problems Dramatically Increase Veterans’ Suicide Risk

Solving the devastating issue of veteran suicide depends, at least partly, on being able to identify former servicemembers at the highest risk.

Most Post-9/11 Veterans Report Doing Well at Work and at Home

Most Post-9/11 Veterans Report Doing Well at Work and at Home

BOSTON – The overwhelming majority of veterans of U.S. conflicts since the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001 are nothing like the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-addled, homeless opioid-addicts too often depicted in the media and in political campaigns.

Post-Deployment Factors Influence Gambling Addiction

WEST HAVEN, CT—Gambling disorder and its comorbid diagnoses are observed at higher rates in military veterans than in the general population, but a significant research gap exists regarding the relationships of veterans’ life and service experiences to problematic gambling, according to a new study.