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Air Force lab puts medical devices through their paces

“We break stuff,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brandi Ritter, chief of the Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity, showing off the facility where her unit tests the devices medical Airmen use to complete their mission. “Well, maybe that’s not completely accurate,”...

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Debunking the VA Privatization Myth

There is no effort underway to privatize VA, and to suggest otherwise is completely false and a red herring designed to distract and avoid honest debate on the real issues surrounding Veterans’ health care.  Facts Debunk the Privatization Myth: A Two-Decade Comparison...

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VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which...

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GSA Unveils Plan for Commercial Online Shopping Portal

Following instructions from Congress to create a new online shopping system leveraging existing commercial practices, the General Services Administration (“GSA”), in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), has released an implementation plan...

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Indianapolis VA director: We remain laser-focused

It’s a rare week that Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s name isn’t in the national news. But the head of the Indianapolis VA facility said he and his staff aren’t letting news reports get in the way of the care they provide to Indiana’s...

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Naval Hospital Jacksonville changes command

Capt. David Collins turned over leadership of Naval Hospital Jacksonville (comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics) to Capt. Matthew Case during a change of command ceremony at the hospital on March 16. Over 500 staff, family, friends, and guests...

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Fayetteville VA medical center names new director

A 32-year veteran of the Army has been named the new director of the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. James Laterza, who retired from the Army last summer, has been appointed to the job at the VA. As director, he will oversee delivery of health care to...

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MOAA Presses Congress to Pass Veterans Health Care Reform

MOAA urged lawmakers to strike a bipartisan deal to replace VA Choice and consolidate existing community-care programs during a Wednesday joint House-Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. A year has passed without an agreement in Congress to replace the VA Choice program,...

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Trump considering Rick Perry to take over Veterans Affairs

President Trump is considering replacing embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Energy Secretary Rick Perry. A source familiar with the White House discussions tells the Associated Press that Trump has floated the notion of the Cabinet reshuffle as a...

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Army Upgrades Frontline Surgical Teams

The 745th Forward Surgical Team, a detachment of the 31st Combat Support Hospital, became the Army's first unit to upgrade into a Forward Resuscitation and Surgical Team at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 6. The unit converted as part of a coordinated medical materiel...

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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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