• Lawmakers Press DOD Over Veteran Medical Record Reforms

    Lawmakers Press DOD Over Veteran Medical Record Reforms0

    House Appropriations Committee lawmakers grilled senior Pentagon officials Wednesday for their inability to implement veterans medical record reforms, The Washington Examiner reported. The lawmakers castigated the officials for an ongoing inability for DOD and VA personnel to digitally share medical records, among other medical records system reforms that remain unfulfilled. “In the meantime, we’ve got

  • Transition to Defense Health Agency Aimed at Saving Money, Standardizing Care

    Transition to Defense Health Agency Aimed at Saving Money, Standardizing Care0

    The transition of management and administration responsibilities of medical treatment facilities from the military services to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) began last month as a small set of hospitals and clinics in the southeastern United States came under control of the five-year-old agency. The restructuring, which encompasses 59 hospitals and 360 clinics across the

  • Ft. Jackson to Convert Hospital to Outpatient Clinic

    Ft. Jackson to Convert Hospital to Outpatient Clinic0

    The 24-bed Moncrief Army Community Hospital at Fort Jackson, S.C., will be scaled down to a health clinic next month that no longer offers inpatient medical and behavioral health services, officials said Tuesday. Complex surgical or behavioral health cases requiring overnight stays will be sent to nearby hospitals in Columbia or the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, about 80 miles away. Those facilities already provide inpatient and surgical care for higher complexity cases that cannot be performed at Moncrief, according to a press release. “Moncrief will continue to provide full-service primary care to all eligible Fort Jackson beneficiaries,” said Moncrief commander Col. Traci Crawford …

  • Ft. Sill’s Population to Rise Slightly over Next Two Years

    Ft. Sill’s Population to Rise Slightly over Next Two Years0

    The population at Fort Sill is scheduled to grow by more than 400 personnel by the end of 2017 as the southwestern Oklahoma post gains two artillery battalions. The two Forces Command battalions will bring 834 soldiers to the post and about 800 dependents. That gain will be offset, however, by the loss of roughly 290 civilian jobs and 116 military positions, reported the Oklahoman. The post has about 10,000 active-duty, National Guard and Reserve positions and 5,000 civilians …

  • Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities

    Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities0

    Military hospital commanders warned lawmakers on Wednesday against making drastic changes to a military health care system that allows a large degree of flexibility in training doctors and nurses. The witnesses acknowledged their hospitals could serve patients in a more timely manner, but said they are looking at innovative solutions to improve care, reported Military Times. “I would urge caution before we begin entertaining thoughts of changing the system. It works pretty well. Could it be better? Absolutely. Do we have to have better access? Absolutely,” said Army Col. Mike Place, commander of Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. …

  • DOD, VA Health Care Partnership Adds Ft. Jackson’s Hospital0

    A regional health care partnership that started with the medical center at Fort Gordon and two Veterans Affairs hospitals in Georgia has been extended to Fort Jackson’s Moncrief Army Community Hospital and a VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C. The partnership started in 2012 with a $2.9 million grant from DOD and VA allowing Fort Gordon’s Eisenhower Army Medical Center and VA hospitals in Augusta and Dublin, Ga., to coordinate patient care and identify opportunities for sharing facilities, personnel and services, reported the Augusta Chronicle. Adding the two Co­lum­bia facilities should expand opportunities for collaboration, according to Col. John Lamoureux, chairman of the Georgia-Lina Federal Healthcare Executive Council and Eisenhower’s commander. “We have a shared interest in caring for our nation’s service members and veterans,” Lamoureux said of the five hospitals involved …