Tag Archives: Healthcare

Robert Wood Foundation Launches Health Law Website

The Legal Barriers project announced it has launched a new website, Health Information and the Law.org. The site serves as a functional, online repository of federal and state laws regulating the access, use, release and publication of health information. It also aims to informs the public of potential legal disputes …

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NC Sen. Burr Proposes Vet Health Care Reform Bill

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is proposing the Veterans Health Administration reduce its number of regional medical administrative offices as part of a larger effort to streamline healthcare for veterans, Military Times reports. Burr told writer Patricia Kime these offices divert money largely towards overhead and other costs unrelated to healthcare. …

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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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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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Top Tricare Official Gives Backing to Healthcare, R&D Programs

The director of the Tricare Management Activity reaffirmed the Pentagon’s goal to provide healthcare for soldiers and their families, American Forces Press Service reports. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, also assistant secretary for health affairs, recommended the Pentagon identify best practices for improving both facilities and information sharing. Defense health program expenses …

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Pentagon Proposes New Military Healthcare Agency to Congress

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reported the Pentagon’s plans to integrate Military Health System operations to Congress Friday. The report includes three modifications to the current structure of the MHS. The plan includes establishing the Defense Health Agency, which Carter said will accept all TRICARE management responsibilities and assume liability for …

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Study Fears Bioterrorism Threats Increase with Budget Cuts

Looking back at 2011, besides government gridlock, government-wide budget cuts have been a recurring theme. From the Pentagon to NASA, government agencies and entities have felt the constraints and have had to rethink their strategies in order to adapt for the future. A looming question for some is how budget …

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VA May Get Audit After Official Testifies of Understaffing

The Department of Veterans Affairs‘ $5.7 billion-mental healthcare budget may be audited upon a Senate committee request after a recent testimony claiming that the department was not providing adequate care, according to a Washington Post report. Wilmington VA Medical Center‘s director of post-traumatic stress disorder services, Michelle Washington, recently testified on behalf …

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Lawmaker Wants Smoking Sections Gone from Federal Buildings

Federal employees who smoke may have to find someplace else, other than their workplace, to smoke if one lawmaker’s idea gets traction on Capitol Hill. Last week, Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) introduced the Smoke-Free Federal Buildings Act (H.R. 3382), which would ban smoking inside and 25-feet around all federally-owned buildings …

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