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Health CIO Group Asking CMS, ONC For More EHR Transition Time

The federal government should give healthcare organizations more time before starting the next phase of implementing electronic health records, according to letters from a group of health industry chief information officers. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives told the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of …

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SSA, Pentagon Aiming To Centralize Electronic Disability Claims Process

The Social Security Administration and the Defense Department are partnering to establish a new electronic disability claims process for service members, veterans and their dependents. SSA said Monday the nationwide project simplifies social security processing by compiling healthcare information in a centralized data base. Social Security disability case processing sites …

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Army Labs Researching Shrapnel Effects, Treatments

Defense Department doctors are examining the effect depleted uranium and other metals have on wounded warriors in order to improve patient care, the American Forces Press Service reports. The Joint Pathology Center’s Biophysical Toxicology and Depleted Uranium/Embedded Metal Fragment Laboratories branch is conducting research of shrapnel taken from service members. …

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VA Plans to Stop In-Home Telehealth Copays

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to eliminate copays for in-home telehealth services starting on May 7, Mobi Health News reports. In a Federal Register notice, the VA said it will stop the copays unless it receives compelling negative complaints. The VA said it hopes the mandate will increase access …

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Pentagon Transitioning to New Military Health System

The Defense Department is in the transitional phase of implementing its new military health system, Federal News Radio reports. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the new system in early March. Structural changes include establishing a Defense Health Agency, appointing market managers to monitor the system and placing a subordinate …

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VA, Pentagon Introducing Early EHR System in 2014

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments’ merged electronic health records system could be available at two facilities as early as 2014, according to FierceGovernment IT. VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said Wednesday that the joint electronic health records system will rollout to two facilities in San Antonio and Hampton Roads, Va. …

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Navy Holds Health Service Assessment Conference

The Navy held an event to generate support for its Expeditionary Health Service Support Capability Based Assessment, according to a Thursday Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs press release. The conference was held from March 19 to 21 and attracted nearly 100 medical and operational specialists who gathered …

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