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Military health leaders take part in inaugural American Red Cross Advanced Life Support class
FALLS CHURCH, VA (March 4, 2019) -- When the American Red Cross Advanced Life Support course was released to the Military Health System on March 1, a few key leaders had already completed the requirement, including two Defense Health Agency leaders responsible for the program’s success.

The eyes have it: Seven tips for maintaining vision
FALLS CHURCH, VA (February 25, 2019) -- "I think wearing eye protection is the most important thing anybody can do to protect their vision for the long term," said Dr. Robert Mazzoli, a retired Army colonel and an ophthalmologist at the Vision Center of Excellence, or VCE. Of the approximately 2,000 eye injuries that occur in the United States daily, he said, 90 percent would have been prevented by wearing proper eye protection.

’Good things are happening’ as DoD continues to roll out MHS GENESIS
FALLS CHURCH, VA (January 8, 2019) -- Adopting a new electronic health record, also known as an EHR, across a large, geographically diverse enterprise is no easy task. To meet the change management needs for this critical effort, the Defense Health Agency has established the Office of the Chief Health Informatics Officer.

Fourth annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium forges path ahead
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (January 4, 2019) -- In October, DoD and Veterans Affairs personnel, including clinicians, researchers, and community organization representatives, joined partner nations in Sydney, Australia, for the fourth annual Warrior Care in the 21st Century (WC21) Symposium. The WC21 coalition facilitates global sharing of best practices and lessons learned in medical and non-medical military health care.

Promoting better understanding, treatment of traumatic brain injury
FALLS CHURCH, VA (December 26, 2018) -- Traumatic brain injuries continue to be a top focus in the Defense Health Agency. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, or DVBIC, more than 980,000 service members have been diagnosed with a TBI since 2000. The majority of the incidents have occurred in noncombat events including training accidents, falls, motor vehicle collisions, and sports-related activities.

PEO DHMS celebrates National Health IT Week
POKANE, WASHINGTON (October 19, 2018) -- The Prohram Executive Office Defence Healthcare Management Systems celebrated National Health IT Week earlier this month. The annual week-long celebration, held October 8-12 this year, offers all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite and raise awareness about the benefit of health IT to health care in the United States.

Spine Surgery Team Adds Capability, Improves Readiness at Nellis Air Force Base
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev (September 7, 2018) -- The 99th Medical Group based at Mike O’Callaghan Medical Center successfully completed its first set of orthopedic spine surgeries after bringing two specialized surgeons to the unit.

Three Ways to protect your health through preventive care
FALLS CHURCH, VA (August 9, 2018) -- Routine Checkups should be a part of your child’s life from an early age. TRICARE also covers preventive health exams for both women and men. Preventive health is a daily commitment to making smart choices and becoming more proactive about your health. Learn more about your TRICARE preventive health care benefits to help you and your family take command of your health now and for years to come.

Stay covered after age 21 with TRICARE Young Adult
FALLS CHURCH, VA (July 30, 2018) -- If you’re worried about your health care coverage as a military dependent, TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) may give you the coverage you need. TYA eligibility begins when regular TRICARE coverage ends at age 21, or up to age 23 if enrolled in college.

Explaining TRICARE annual cost increases
FALLS CHURCH, VA (May 24, 2018) -- Population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services drive many health care costs in the U.S. In any given year, these price increases are related to rising drug costs, using new medical technology, increasing provider rates or other factors. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which tracks health care costs for the federal government, estimates spending on health care is expected to grow 5.5 percent each year through 2026.

Migration to Defense Health Agency to modernize Army medicine, surgeon general says
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD (April 30, 2018) -- To help modernize the DoD's medical community, the Army's surgeon general, along with the other services, have been taking the necessary steps to migrate certain authorities and control from the military departments to the Defense Health Agency.

How IEDs May be Physically Causing PTSD
BETHESDA, MD (April 1, 2018) -- A new medical discovery has profound implications for wounded warriors. It's a previously unknown type of brain injury uncovered in veterans who are exposed to the invisible wave of energy that erupts from high explosives.

Nightmares Common Among U.S. Troops, But Seldom Reported
FORT BENNING, GA (March 21, 2018) -- Many U.S. military personnel are plagued by nightmares that put them at increased risk for mental health and sleep disorders, but few let doctors know, a new study shows. Read the study at the National Library of Medicine website, or learn more at the news site linked below.

VA Launches Telehealth Program to Treat Rural Veterans With PTSD
WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2018) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a nationwide telehealth program to help rural veterans dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The VA says the Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) pilot program will connect veterans in rural areas with psychologists and psychiatrists for online treatment.

Future Challenges and Developing Solutions in Battlefield Medical Care
QUANTICO, VA (February 16, 2018) -- In WWII there were more than 291,000 American deaths and more than 671,000 Americans wounded in action. Seventy years later, is the U.S. any better situated to handle this volume of casualties? Although medicine has made significant advances in the management of chronic and debilitating disease processes, traumatic injuries continue to represent a quixotic balance between basic physiology and time.

President Trump Signs Order to Improve Mental Health Care for Transitioning Veterans
WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2018) -- Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed yesterday.