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Amazon gains momentum in medical supply business

Amazon has been growing its medical supply business – selling gloves, syringes and other health-care sundries to dentists, doctors and hospitals – in an early sign of its efforts to enter the health care industry. Unlike Amazon’s secretive plans to shake up the...

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Change Healthcare Wins DIN PACS IV Contract

Change Healthcare today announced that it has been awarded a new Digital Imaging Network-PACS (DIN-PACS) IV contract by the United States Defense Logistics Agency. The DIN-PACS IV contract is a multiyear, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a...

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Why it’s a good time to be a federal contractor

PV Puvvada, the president of Unisys Federal ... sat down with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the Federal News Radio’s studios in Washington, D.C. JM: Talk about what you’re seeing, what impacts you have and what is impacting you. Give us a state...

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Veteran-Owned Company on the Move

Interior Fusion LLC, a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business and leader in Office, Medical, and Educational Furnishings located in Largo, Florida, are expanding their operations due to high demand in the office furniture industry for small businesses and...

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Oklahoma City facility opens new military mental health unit

Oakwood Springs, a behavioral health facility that opened in Oklahoma City less than a year ago, will open a new unit focused on military members, veterans and first responders. The 24-bed unit will open Wednesday, though members of the public who are curious can...

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Army Virtual Medical Center launches at BAMC

Army Medicine bolstered its virtual health initiative by launching the Army Virtual Medical Center at Brooke Army Medical Center Jan. 4. The kick-off ceremony featured demonstrations of cutting-edge virtual medical capabilities and a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony...

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Walter Reed Outpatient Annex Set to Open in 2018

“We have a significant construction project coming up over the next seven years called the Medical Center Addition and Alteration (MCAA) Project,” said Terri Lavoie, deputy assistant chief of staff in charge of Unified Coordination Program. “We will be demolishing...

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Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions awarded Army contract

Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions is one of six companies awarded a $249 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract supporting research activities at four Army medical agencies over the next 10 years, according to a news release. “We are proud to...

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Helping Veterans combat lung cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), regular health exams and tests are important to detect problems before they start, or find problems early, when chances for successful treatment and cures are high. Health care screenings are a key step to living a...

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Gilbane Wins Two 2017 U.S. Air Force Design Awards

The United States Air Force announced that Gilbane, together with their design partners, were the winners of two 2017 design awards for recently completed healthcare projects. Gilbane, along with Sherlock Smith and Adams, received the Honor Award for Facility Design...

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Combat veterans coming home with CTE

Until a few years ago, NFL players who struggled with severe depression, bouts of rage and memory loss in their retirement were often told they were just having a hard time adjusting to life away from the game. Doctors have since learned these changes can be symptoms...

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VA Attempts Faster Payments to Private-Sector Providers

The amount of money that the Department of Veterans Affairs owes private-sector medical providers will be made public now -- one of several moves the agency announced this week, in an attempt to hold itself accountable for faster reimbursements to outside doctors who...

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Two NM companies win new federal contracts

The new year started on a positive note for two small New Mexico businesses after they won federal contracts. Altogether, they had three contracts worth more than $100,000. Two contracts went to medical supply company NativeVet Materiel. Awarded by the U.S. Department...

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Opinion: Yes, it can be done: expediting defense acquisition

A recent conversation with Ellen Lord, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, revealed her desire to make defense acquisition faster, compressing the timeline of requests for proposals, evaluation and contract award to 12 months....

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Plans revealed for new Grand Rapids veterans home

Drawings of a new Grand Rapids Home for Veterans campus have been revealed. State Rep. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, shared the renderings on her Facebook page Dec. 28. "Thank you to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Creston Neighborhood Association for...

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Phoenix VA, CVS Partnership Serves 783 Vets Since Launch

A pilot program that allows Phoenix Veterans Affairs’ clients to get treatment for minor health issues at CVS clinics has served 783 veterans as of Christmas Day.   “It’s a partnership where we’re focused on convenience for veterans,” said Phoenix VA Chief of Staff...

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GSA gets ready for new e-commerce portals

Federal acquisition pros are gearing up to implement a provision in the defense authorization bill to let government buy through existing online marketplaces, like Amazon, Wal-Mart, Staples and Granger. The provision, first introduced as a stand-alone bill by House...

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VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy For Military Veterans

Doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs still can't recommend medical marijuana, but they are being encouraged to talk more about it with military veterans. That's what a new V.A. policy being rolled out this month says. SOURCE - READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT:...

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FDA to crack down on “harmful, unproven homeopathic drugs”

It hasn't been a great year for advocates of homeopathy – a pseudoscience that has been practiced for over 200 years. Following on from authorities in the European Union, United Kingdom and Australia cracking down on homeopathic treatments, the FDA is proposing a new...

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Robot dog improves SOF medical practices

Multi-purpose canine handlers with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, used a robotic canine training dummy for the first time, during hands-on medical training at Stone Bay on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.   SOURCE - READ...

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Cerner’s $10 billion VA contract hits a snag

Cerner’s $10 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been put on hold, according to a published report. David Shulkin, Veterans Affairs secretary, said the holdup has to do with questions about how well Cerner’s electronic records system will...

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WBAMC doctors perform first TAVR in El Paso

William Beaumont Army Medical Center doctors performed the first Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Replacement (TAVR) in El Paso at WBAMC, Nov. 17. The procedure is a minimally-invasive alternative to open-heart surgery for patients with severe Aortic Stenosis (AS), a...

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VA Exploring Alternative Treatments for TBI and PTSD

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will use two innovative treatments to ease the everyday challenges associated with living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   SOURCE - READ THE FULL ARTICLE...

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New Veterans Affairs clinic opens in Cody, Wyo.

The Veterans Affairs Community Based Outreach Clinic is run by Valor Healthcare. Located at 1432 Rumsey Ave., the new VA clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Veterans can make appointments by calling 307-587-4015. Those not currently enrolled...

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FDA Offers Guidance on 3D-Printed Products

Responding to the rapid evolution of 3D printing technology, the FDA announced the first-ever technical guidance to manufacturers of 3D medical products, including devices, medications, and human tissue. SOURCE - READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT:...

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USAMRMC Makes Vital Connections at European Biotech Meeting

Dr. Kenneth Bertram, Principal Assistant for Acquisition for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, led the USAMRMC's presence at the 2017 BioEurope meeting in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 5-8. This year's meeting hosted more than 4,000 attendees from 2,200...

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Medical consultants and the VA weigh in on medical marijuana

New York is the latest state to join 27 others with providing PTSD patients with medical marijuana as a treatment option. For the last two years, dispensaries and alternative medicine clinics, in Oregon have been supplying medical marijuana to PTSD patients with a...

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A veteran’s guide to navigating health care after service

Post-military life can be a flood of decisions, from finding a new career to choosing how, or if, you want to cut your hair. While health care isn't always a top priority, it's among one of the most significant and confusing decisions military families need to make...

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VA study shows Vietnam parasite may be killing vets

A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet: Test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. SOURCE -...

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Air Force diabetes prevention program shows promising results

"I wish I knew this 30 years ago," is a common feeling among Air Force veterans after receiving diabetes education. Like most of the 89 million Americans with prediabetes, many active duty Airmen do not know the ways they can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes....

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VA Requests $782M to Begin Cerner EHR Transfer

When Cerner won a contract to become the electronic health records (EHR) provider for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Secretary David Shulkin, MD, indicated that IT upgrades would be the agency’s largest expense in coming years. The extent of those costs...

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Penn State to expand Veterans Affairs and Services Center

University Park, Centre County, Pa. - The new Veterans Affairs Center at Penn State will offer a wide variety of services, including a better place for those in the military to study and take new programs. Lt. Col. Andre Ingram is a World Campus student studying...

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OFPP drafts memo to replace category management circular

It’s been a year since the Office of Federal Procurement Policy released and accepted comments on its draft circular around category management. With little-to-no activity on the draft circular over the past year, it seems OFPP is taking a less permanent route to...

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Vietnam Veteran, Gannon, speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, is celebrated each year on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. Nov. 11 is the anniversary of the end of World War I. The Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter was once again the host of this year’s Veterans Day...

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Shulkin Calls for Advisory Board on VA Benefits Programs

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin has called for a new approach to dealing with the department's vast array of compensation programs while stressing again and again that he is not looking to cut benefits. A new Veterans Benefit Advisory Board would "bring...

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Fitbit chosen for long-term US health study

Fitbit has been tussling with Apple and Xiaomi when it comes to market share in the wearables field and quarter to quarter, each has held the top spot at one point or another over the past year. But it turns out Fitbit is the favorite wearable producer in the medical...

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