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The Military Health System is an interconnected network of service members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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TRICARE Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration Extended, Certain Tests Now Covered

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8/23/2023
TRICARE Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration Extended, Certain Tests Now Covered

The Defense Health Agency announced the five-year extension of the Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration. The DHA extended the demonstration from July 19, 2023 through July 18, 2028. The DHA also announced that TRICARE will now cover several preconception and prenatal carrier screenings as part of the basic TRICARE benefit.

Military Health System: How Ideas Are Adopted to Help Patients, Providers

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8/23/2023
Military Health System: How Ideas Are Adopted to Help Patients, Providers

New evidence-based practices can improve health care, yet they don’t always get adopted. There are many reasons for this, including a lack of awareness, lack of training and implementation support, and a reluctance to doing things differently than in the past—to name a few. Even mandates to adopt a certain new service or practice may not overcome some of these barriers.

Forward Care for the Warfighter: U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command Talks Battlefield Countermeasures at MHSRS

Article Around MHS
8/23/2023
Soldiers with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command perform a battlefield care scenario during the MRDC 2023 Best Squad Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, on April 11, 2023.  (Photo: Danae Johnson)

With time spent on the battlefield being an increasing reality, products to help deliver immediate prolonged care to the Warfighter are now more important than ever. A concept known well by Maj. Zachary Booms, an emergency medicine physician at the Combat Casualty Care Research Team at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command's Institute of Surgical Research.

Researchers Say 'Warfighters Must Train like They Fight,' Emphasizing Mental Resilience During MHSRS

Article Around MHS
8/23/2023
Susannah Knust, a research psychologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, speaks during a 2023 Military Health System Research Symposium session on Warfighter Operational Resilience on August 17, 2023. (Photo credit: Danae Johnson, USAMRDC Public Affairs)

Nearly all military physical and field training exercises can enhance mental toughness and physical endurance, which researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command believe can prepare Warfighters for the future, they explained during a session on the final day of the 2023 Military Health System Research Symposium on August 17, 2023.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Provides Emergency Assistance to Family in Car Crash

Article Around MHS
8/23/2023
“It was surreal, it was unexpected,” said U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Ana Baker, a health care specialist, assigned to the 399th Field Hospital, 803rd Hospital Center. Baker was on a ride-along training with an emergency medical service while conducting a joint medical assistance operation with the Minnesota Army National Guard, when the ambulance got the call for help.

What started off as just another routine annual training quickly developed into something much more for a U.S. Army Reserve soldier, who found herself on the front lines of saving lives in a real-world situation that she won’t soon forget.

MHSRS 2023 Kicks Off with Powerful Message: Medical Readiness for the Future Fight

Article Around MHS
8/23/2023
Team members from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command's Medical Material Development Activity - Broad Spectrum Snakebite Antidote (BSSA) program, receive the Military Health System Research Symposium 2023 Outstanding Research Accomplishment award in team/program management in Kissimmee, Florida on August 14, 2023.  (Photo: Danae Johnson)

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Lester Martinez-López kicked off the 2023 Military Health System Research Symposium with a keynote speech on the morning of August 14, delivering powerful words to the more than 4,000 people attending the event. Weaving his heartfelt sentiments into an overall call for action, Martinez put the theme of this year's event – medical readiness for the future fight – into perspective.

3 Easy Tips for Hard Conversations - Part 2

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8/22/2023
3 Easy Tips for Hard Conversations - Part 2

Part 2 - Find the Words Is a friend having a tough time? Do you want to talk to them and don't know how? Dr. Joshua Morganstein gives 3 tips on how to talk to a friend or colleague who you think might be having a hard time. 1. Set the stage for a conversation 2. Find the words 3. Follow-up This is the second video in a series that gives advice on mental health issues for service members.

3 Easy Tips for Hard Conversations - Part 1

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8/22/2023
3 Easy Tips for Hard Conversations  - Part 1

Is a friend having a tough time? Do you want to talk to them and don't know how? Dr. Joshua Morganstein gives 3 tips on how to talk to a friend or colleague who you think might be having a hard time. 1. Set the stage for a conversation - find a time when you both have the time and aren't rushed 2. Find the words 3. Follow-up This is the first video in a series that gives advice on mental health issues for service members.

3 Easy Tips for Hard Conversations - Part 3

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8/22/2023
3 Easy Tips for Hard Conversations - Part 3

Part 3 - Follow Up Is a friend having a tough time? Do you want to talk to them and don't know how? Dr. Joshua Morganstein gives 3 tips on how to talk to a friend or colleague who you think might be having a hard time. 1. Set the stage for a conversation 2. Find the words 3. Follow-up This is the third video in a series that gives advice on mental health issues for service members. This video has captions embedded for social media.

What can I do if friend is having a hard time?

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8/22/2023
What can I do if friend is having a hard time?

Do you have a friend or colleague who might be having a hard time? Dr. Joshua Morganstein gives some tips on signs to look for and how to help. This video is part of a series addressing mental health concerns in the military. Learn more at www.health.mil/mentalhealth

Defense Health Agency Marks Women’s Equality Day

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8/22/2023
Defense Health Agency Marks Women’s Equality Day

The Defense Health Agency recognized Women’s Equality Day, the celebration of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, on August 10 with a virtual presentation about the history of women in military medicine.

TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to Six Counties in California due to Tropical Storm Hilary

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8/22/2023
TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to Six Counties in California due to Tropical Storm Hilary

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in six additional counties in California may receive emergency prescription refills now through Aug. 31, 2023, due to Tropical Storm Hilary.

First Nurse Serves as Director of ANG Medical Service Office of the Air Surgeon

Article Around MHS
8/22/2023
“Normally, it's been a physician or a flight doctor that has led the helm for the Air National Guard Medical Service Office … I'm the first clinical nurse,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Linda A. Rohatsch, who took command in late 2022. “I'm pretty excited about that.”  Rohatsch is the first clinical nurse to assume command of the ANG Office of the Air Surgeon and brings nearly four decades of medical experience to the position. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah M. McClanahan)

For the first time in U.S. Air National Guard history, a clinical nurse took command as director of the ANG Medical Service Office of the Air Surgeon at the ANG Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews.

TRICARE Compare Cost Tool

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8/21/2023
TRICARE Compare Cost Tool

TRICARE's compare cost tool allows beneficiaries to see the cost of two plans side by side. This video learn how to use the compare cost tool.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cameron County in Texas due to Tropical Storm

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8/21/2023
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cameron County in Texas due to Tropical Storm

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Cameron County, Texas may receive emergency prescription refills now through Aug. 31, 2023, due to a potential tropical storm.

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