News Briefs: Dec. 12, 2014

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News Briefs

Today

CPAC Closed — The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will be closed, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For appointments, call 438-6782 and leave your name, phone number and a short detailed message.

 

VA News — “Modern Healthcare” magazine recently ranked Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Interim Under Secretary for Health, as No. 19 in its annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” poll. Dr. Clancy has appeared on the publication’s notable list for 11 straight years.

•Also in VA news, a national Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative was launched to encourage diabetic veterans receiving VA care to seek support to lower the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The new initiative will enable veterans living with diabetes to work more closely with their VA clinicians to personalize health care goals and improve self-management of the disease. Visit www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2666.

•Finally, the VA, under authority from Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, announced expanded eligibility for veterans in need of mental health care due to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred during their military service. This trauma is commonly known as military sexual trauma (MST).

This expansion, which primarily pertains to Reservists and National Guard members participating in weekend drill, gives the authority to offer veterans appropriate care and services needed to treat conditions resulting from MST that occurred during a period of inactive duty training.

Currently, all VA health care for mental and physical health conditions related to MST is provided free of charge. Veterans do not need to have a service-connected disability or seek disability compensation to be eligible for MST-related counseling and care. Veterans also do not need to have reported such incidents to the Department of Defense or possess documentation or records to support their assertion of having experienced such trauma.

The determination of whether a veteran’s condition is MST-related is strictly a clinical determination made by the responsible VA mental health provider.

Finally, veterans need not be enrolled in VA’s health care system to qualify for MST-related treatment, as it is independent of VA’s general treatment authority.

In addition to treatment programs, VA also provides training to staff on issues related to MST, including mandatory training on MST for all mental health and primary care providers. VA also engages in a range of outreach activities for veterans and conducts monitoring of MST-related screening and treatment, in order to ensure that adequate services are available.

Visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp.

 

Medical Debt Collection — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report that found medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, as 43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports. The CFPB is concerned that the systems for incurring, collecting and reporting medical debt can create difficult challenges for consumers.

The medical debt study can be found at http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201412_cfpb_reports_consumer-credit-medical-and-non-medical-collections.pdf.

 

13 / Saturday

Retreat — A one-day couples’ resiliency retreat, hosted by Army Community Service; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, takes place at the Nehelani, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Limited child care available. Call 655-4368.

 

15 / Monday

Change of Responsibility — 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) will hold a change of responsibility ceremony at 10 a.m. Command Sgt. Maj. Alexis A. King will relinquish responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Wrighton Jr. Call 438-5938.

 

29 / Monday

Blood Drive — The Schofield Barracks Health Clinic is having a blood drive, 8-11:30 a.m. Call 433-6148 or visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil.

 

Ongoing

 Volunteers Wanted — The Tropic Lightning Museum, Schofield Barracks, is looking for volunteers who are available one or two days, Tuesday-Friday, and able to commit three to six hours a week on a reoccurring basis.

Volunteer projects vary and may include researching, scanning, data input and visitor services. Space is limited.

Call the museum curator at 655-0438 for more information about volunteering at the museum.

 

Mammograms — The U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks is now offering walk-in mammograms at its Radiology Clinic, Bldg. 685, first floor, 1-3 p.m., weekdays. Call 433-8355.

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