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Reps. Mike Thompson, Scott Peters Introduce Bipartisan Bill Expanding Telehealth Services To Veterans, Active-Duty Servicemembers And Dependents

Press Release | Mike Thompson | November 15, 2013

Today, U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-5) and Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced H.R. 3507, the 21st Century Care for Military & Veterans Act. This bipartisan legislation would expand coverage of telehealth services to active-duty servicemembers, their dependents, retirees, and veterans. [...] Read More »

SAIC Wins More TRICARE Business

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | February 6, 2012

File this one under irony. Science Applications International Corp., the outfit that jeopardized the health care records of 4.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries when computer tapes containing the data were stolen from an employee's car, just received a sole-source contract to continue supporting the Defense Department core electronic health record system.

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Substance Abuse In The Military Is A ‘Public Health Crisis,’ Study Finds

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | September 17, 2012

Drug and alcohol abuse by military personnel and their families constitutes a “public health crisis” that requires the intervention of senior leaders to develop consistent and cohesive prevention, screening, and treatment services, the Institute of Medicine charged in a report released today. Read More »

Tricare Networks Eyed To Improve Veterans' Access To Care

Tom Philpott | Stars and Stripes | September 6, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has proposed opening military Tricare networks of civilian health care providers to veterans who can’t get timely mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read More »

TRICARE Out, New Defense Health Agency In

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | March 2, 2012

The Defense Department sent a report to Congress today detailing how the Pentagon plans to integrate health care operations. The plan falls short of 2006 recommendations by the Defense Business Board to eliminate Army, Navy and Air Force medical commands and establish a unified medical command. Read More »

US Defense Think Tank Calls for DoD to Adopt the Open Source VistA EHR and Avoid Closed and Proprietary EHRs.

One of the most prestigious U.S. defense think tanks, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), issued a white paper Thursday calling on the Department of Defense (DoD) to replace their existing dysfunctional “vendor-lock” medical records system with an electronic health records system (EHR) that is "extensible, flexible and easy to safely modify and upgrade as technology improves and interoperability demands evolve." The white paper warns that a "closed and proprietary" commercial EHR - such as the ones offered by Epic, Cerner or Allscripts - will lead to "vendor-lock” and isolation of health data. Read More »

VA And Defense Drop Vendor-Specific Database Requirement For Joint Pharmacy System

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | August 20, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have dropped a mandate that any vendor planning to bid on the pharmacy system for the integrated electronic health record use a drug database supplied by First Databank, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of media conglomerate Hearst Corp. Nextgov first reported the requirement on June 5.

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Veterans Journal: Retirees Spend 27% Less On Health Under TRICARE

George W. Reilly | Providence Journal | August 11, 2013

According to the Congressional Budget Office, military retirees spend 27 percent less for health care under TRICARE, the Defense Department’s managed-care provider, than they did when the program began in 1996. Read More »