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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon goes its own way on GSA schedules; VA still thinks its electronic health record can meet DoD's needs

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: DoD , GSA , FAR , contracting , acquisition policy , Federal Supply Schedules , Roger Waldron , Alan Chvotkin , Eric Shinseki , Veterans Affairs , Wendy Masiello , Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporter

Friday - 04/04/2014, 03:59am EDT
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For health care savings, DoD pursues use of ‘incentives'

The Pentagon's current proposals for wringing savings out of its health care system involve additional fees for beneficiaries, but also try to induce them to use less-costly treatment options.

Tags: DoD , Congress , TRICARE , healthcare , Thomas Travis , Matthew Nathan , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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DoD, VA reassure Congress of continued growth of health data sharing

House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees inserted a provision in the fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization Bill requiring DoD and VA to have an interoperable health record system by 2017. Agency officials say they already are and will continue to share health care data, but having one integrated, interoperable health care management system is no longer necessary.

Tags: technology , management , VA , DoD , Frank Kendall , Jeff Miller , Mike Michaud , House Armed Services Committee , House Veterans Affairs Committee , health IT , joint electronic health record , Jason Miller

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 05:29am EDT
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Iraq, Afghanistan wars revolutionizing civilian health-care

Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, says the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are still teaching lessons to the civilian health-care community. Woodson joins Jared Serbu for the full hour on this week's edition of On DoD to discuss the evolution of military medicine.

Tags: Jared Serbu , On DoD , DoD ,

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 01:40pm EDT
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DoD eases rules for health care approvals after contractor 'failure'

Citing unacceptable delays by its contractor, the Pentagon waives the requirement for preauthorization of specialty care for military members, families and retirees in TRICARE's western region.

Tags: DoD , health care , TRICARE , United Healthcare , Doug Lamborn , Jared Serbu , pay and benefits

Friday - 05/10/2013, 06:00am EDT
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Military 'quality of life' to suffer under sequestration

Military pay is exempt from the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, that went into effect earlier this month. But scores of military programs that impact service members in their everyday lives, such as tuition assistance and family programs, are not protected from the across-the-board budget reductions. Officials from the Defense Department and the military services testified before the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on military personnel on the impact of the budget cuts on training, retention and family-assistance programs.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Army , Jessica Wright , Howard Bromberg , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 06:38pm EDT

DoD, VA accelerate schedule for integrated health record

The two departments are looking for "quick wins" in their integrated health-record strategy, aiming to bring the most important capabilities online three years early.

Tags: DoD , VA , health IT , technology , Integrated Electronic Health Record , Eric Shinseki , Leon Panetta , Roger Baker , Elizabeth McGrath , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 03:05pm EST

Senators concerned over TRICARE fee increases

The Pentagon is telling lawmakers military retirees' share of health care costs is going to have to increase if it's going to meet the budget targets Congress and the President handed over with last year's budget control act.

Tags: DoD , Jared Serbu , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Robert Hale , Jim Webb , Kelly Ayotte , Senate , budget

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:56am EDT
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Military Health System Budgets and Issues

Dr. Woodson administers the more than $50 billion Military Health System (MHS) budget and serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for health issues.

Tags: management , Business of Government

Monday - 10/31/2011, 11:45am EDT
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