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Florida: Fraternity Expels 3 After Abuse of Veterans

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A University of Florida fraternity expelled three of its members Friday after allegations that they hurled insults and spat at a group of disabled military veterans at a Panama City resort.

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Continuing Education Update: Announcing New CE Provider for Patient Safety Training Activities

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Image of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) Logo.Dear patient safety professionals across the Military Health System, please note that due to a change in their internal management model, Duke Office of Continuing Medical Education (DOCME) will be discontinuing support of Continuing Education (CE) accreditation for patient safety activities effective 29 June 2015.

After extensive research, the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) has been selected to begin accreditation services effective 30 June 2015.

PIM has been providing trusted independent CE for healthcare professionals since 1979 (for over thirty years) and is a recognized leader for jointly provided CE activities. PIM is nationally accredited to certify education and issue CE credit to a multidisciplinary audience of learners, including physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, dentists and social workers.

PIM has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation (2012-2018) by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and Accreditation with Distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest recognition that is awarded by the ANCC's Accreditation Program.

By partnering with PIM, we will be able to offer a broad selection of CE credit.

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for Medical Doctors (MD), Doctors of Obstetrics (DO), Nurse Practitioners (NP), and Physician Assistants (PA).
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission (ANCC) for Registered Nurses.
  • American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Provider (ADA CERP) for Dentists and Dental Technicians.
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for Healthcare Executives.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS) for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW); Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT); Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP); Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC); MFT Interns (IMF); Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW); and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns (PCCI) in the State of California.
  • International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for students who do not meet any of the above qualifications.

The DoD PSP Team is confident that this new partnership with PIM will be a fruitful one that will surely benefit you and your commitment to continued growth in your career. For more information on PIM, visit their website. If you have any questions about this upcoming change, please feel free to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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VA changes 40-mile rule for Choice Card eligibility

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Veterans who must drive more than 40 miles to the nearest Department of Veterans affairs medical facility are now eligible for the Veterans Choice Card, which will give them access to health care from private practitioners.

VA published an interim final rule on April 24 that changed the distance criteria. The American Legion had testified before Congress a month earlier, pointing out that the straight-line (geodesic) distance criterion was unfairly excluding many veterans from the Choice Card program.

According to the VA, the new distance rule will roughly double the number of veterans eligible for the program. The department is sending letters of notification to these newly eligible veterans.

Veterans who have any questions about the Choice Card or their eligibility should call (866) 606-8198.

VA has also changed the mileage calculation for beneficiary travel, using the fastest route instead of the shortest route.

For more on the 40-mile distance change, click here.

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Group of Respected Medical Experts to Advise VA on Health Care for 9 Million Veterans

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) composed of leading medical experts to assist the Department in delivering health care to the 9 million Veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration.

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VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility, Effective Immediately

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In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran's place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been published in the Federal Register and is effective immediately.

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