Category: MHS

Caring For Troops And Families After A Decade Of War

The MHS enters 2012 and its second decade of combat operations with confidence in our ability to sustain and expand the excellence we have exhibited in military medicine. The world remains a turbulent place – militarily, economically and environmentally.… Read More

Many Servicemembers Who Commit Suicide Have Never Seen Battle

Jonathan Woodson, MD WASHINGTON — When servicemembers commit suicide, a common misperception is that the extreme act is a response to traumatic battlefield experiences. In reality, many, if not most, military personnel who kill themselves have never been… Read More

PTSD May Be ‘Common Cold’ of Psychiatric Illness, Expert Says

WASHINGTON — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often is associated with troops returning from war, but it actually is quite common, not only in the military, but in  civilians who experience natural disasters and other traumatic events. “PTSD is not uncommon,… Read More

In Effort to Reduce Costly Medical Errors, Military Facilities Set Up Anonymous Reporting

WASHINGTON—A study published in the April issue of Health Affairs found that medical errors cost the United States more than $17 billion a year. And, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, medical errors and near miss events,… Read More

The Military Health System in 2011

George Peach Taylor, MD,performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs It is an exciting time to be leading the Military Health System (MHS). Never before has our healthcare mission been more vital or our… Read More