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5 ways FISMA reform will bolster federal security practices

19 December 2014, 5:51 amThe Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), passed this month and expected to be signed by President Obama before year’s end, aims to bring cybersecurity into the 21st century. F...

Fraud charges take down Medicare Advantage plan

19 December 2014, 5:46 amOne Medicare Advantage payer is becoming a cautionary example of just how wrong things can go in the business of managed healthcare. Florida Healthcare Plus, Inc. has been ordered into state receivers...

ONC's 5 goals for the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan

18 December 2014, 5:08 amThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Wednesday shared more detail about its vision for the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 it laid down last week. This latest installment...

HHS grants states $665M for innovation

18 December 2014, 5:01 amThe government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The awards will go to 28 states, three ter...

HIEs aim for strength in numbers

17 December 2014, 6:14 amIn a move aimed to unify and improve health information exchanges nationally, about 20 HIEs have formed a national trade organization. Named the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SH...

VA deploys Watson to create a clinical reasoning system

17 December 2014, 5:56 amThe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will implement IBM's Watson technology as it builds a clinical reasoning system to help physicians make evidence-based primary care decisions. The Veterans...

Cromnibus: Obstacles and opportunities for payers

16 December 2014, 10:04 amDeep inside the massive short-term spending bill awaiting President Obama’s signature are provisions that could rattle the insurance industry. The $1 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing...

Interoperability: Can it really happen in 10 years?

16 December 2014, 7:00 amWith electronic health records now in place among hospitals and medical practices, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT embraced its new mandate in 2014: getting them to talk to each o...

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Aeromedical research lab works to make MedEvac missions safer

17 December 2014, 9:00 pmFORT RUCKER, Ala. (Dec. 18, 2014) -- Medical evacuation operations are very complex and dangerous for evacuation helicopters, crewmembers, and patients. MedEvac missions consist of retrieving the woun...

Enjoying the ordinary this holiday season

17 December 2014, 9:00 pmMany of us have the habit of focusing on the negatives in life and expecting the worst outcome. This tendency can be compounded by military training that teaches you how to assess risks and plan for t...

Paving the way to end Ebola

17 December 2014, 9:00 pmPAYNESVILLE, Liberia – When the 36th Engineer Brigade built and handed over an Ebola treatment unit last month to the International Organization for Migration near Buchanan, Liberia, it knew its...

The Best Time to Quit is Now

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmWith the holiday shopping season in full swing, don’t forget to think about the things money can’t buy, like happiness, family and health. Tobacco use puts you at greater risk for several...

Damage control: providing essential medical support to JFC-UA

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmMONROVIA, Liberia – Medical emergencies: something no one likes to think about but that everyone needs to prepare for. Troops deployed in West Africa are often in remote areas of operation, and...

Exercising when sick – a smart move?

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmIs it safe to exercise when I’m sick? This is a common question, especially from people who have strict workout schedules and aren’t likely to let the sniffles get in the way of their phys...

Army training keeps Soldiers resilient during holidays, all year

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 17, 2014) -- Currently deployed in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman relies on his Army training, and support from his family and battle buddies to stay A...

New Program Prepares Enlisted Troops for Medical School

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmWASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 – A new program provides an in-resident opportunity for uniquely qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for medical school application while main...

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Army scientist uses diagnostic tools to track Ebola, other viruses

17 December 2014, 9:00 pmAn Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa -- a region thought to be untouched by the disease -- seven years before the largest, deadliest...

Aeromedical research lab works to make MedEvac missions safer

17 December 2014, 9:00 pmScientists and engineers of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory Enroute Care and Airworthiness Division and Flight Systems Branch, at Fort Rucker, Alabama, recently tested an anti-rotational...

Army training keeps Soldiers resilient during holidays, all year

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmCurrently deployed in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman relies on his Army training, and support from his family and battle buddies to stay Army Strong while thousands of miles from home.

Soldiers, Airmen depart controlled monitoring area in time for holidays after Africa mission

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmMore than 50 Soldiers and Airmen staying in the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's Controlled Monitoring Area, at Smith Barracks, in Baumholder, Germany, since their return from missions in support of...

U.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmU.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat...

Enlisted Soldiers have pathway to becoming Army physicians

16 December 2014, 9:00 pmEnlisted Soldiers from any military occupational specialty with a bachelor's degree in any field can apply to the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program.

New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for discharge upgrade

15 December 2014, 9:00 pmVeterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, who were discharged under "other than honorable" conditions can apply on a new webpage to have their discharge upgraded if it was due to PTSD.

Quick trip promotes resiliency in Liberia

14 December 2014, 9:00 pmWalking through the doors to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, one of the first things that can be noticed is the silence. Soldiers deployed and stationed at the Barclay Training Center in Monrov...

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HHS partners with nation’s largest pharmacies to promote Health Insurance Marketplace

18 December 2014, 9:01 pm...

Department of Health and Human Services collaborates with top technology platforms to reach consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplace

16 December 2014, 9:01 pmDepartment of Health and Human Services collaborates with top technology platforms to reach consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplace...

HHS awards more than $665 million to design and test state-led efforts to improve health care quality, accessibility and affordability

15 December 2014, 9:01 pmHHS awards more than $665 million to design and test state-led efforts to improve health care quality, accessibility and affordability...

Statement by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Senate Confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General

14 December 2014, 9:01 pmStatement by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Senate Confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General...

Department of Health and Human Services announces partnership with technology company PayNearMe to encourage consumers to visit Health Insurance Marketplace

10 December 2014, 9:01 pmDepartment of Health and Human Services announces partnership with technology company PayNearMe to encourage consumers to visit Health Insurance Marketplace...

New HHS grants increase, improve learning opportunities for young children

9 December 2014, 9:01 pmNew HHS grants increase, improve learning opportunities for young children...

Secretary Burwell issues declaration under PREP Act to support development of Ebola vaccines

8 December 2014, 9:01 pmSecretary Burwell issues declaration under PREP Act to support development of Ebola vaccines...

HHS awards $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers

8 December 2014, 9:01 pmHHS awards $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers...

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Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise

21 December 2014, 6:42 amSUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brai...

Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies

20 December 2014, 6:37 amSATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. ̶...

11 Splurge-Worthy Gym Buys for Fit Fashionistas

19 December 2014, 4:25 pmFashion-forward exercise items we’re totally swooning over.

10 Biggest Food and Weight Loss Stories of 2014

19 December 2014, 3:01 pmThese discoveries have shed light on the best ways to stay nourished and lean.

8 Genius Ways to Sneak in Exercise Over the Holidays

19 December 2014, 2:31 pmDon’t want to slip into an eggnog-induced haze when staying with family? Try one or all of these moves over the holiday break for some extra calorie blasting.

Cocaine, Amphetamines May Up Injection Drug Users’ Suicide Risk

19 December 2014, 1:37 pmFRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injectable drug users who also use cocaine and amphetamines have nearly double the suicide attempt rate of other substance users, a new study finds. R...

Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?

19 December 2014, 11:37 amFRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Dense bunches of bacteria called biofilms can be found on most colon polyps and cancers, a new study finds. The researchers said these biofilms were esp...

FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

19 December 2014, 11:37 amFRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat advanced ovarian cancer, along with a test to identify patients eligible to receiv...