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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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Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Active Component Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 2015–2023

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6/1/2024
5STIs2023

This report summarizes incidence rates and trends of sexually transmitted infections from 2015 through 2023 among active component service members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The data compiled for this report are derived from the medical surveillance of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis as nationally notifiable diseases. Case data for two additional STIs, human papilloma virus and genital herpes simplex virus, are also presented.

Ambulatory Health Care Visits Among Active Component Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 2023

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6/1/2024
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Ambulatory visits of U.S. service members in fixed military and non-military (reimbursed through the Military Health System) hospitals and clinics are documented by standardized records routinely archived for health surveillance purposes in the Defense Medical Surveillance System. This report documents the frequencies, rates, trends, and characteristics of ambulatory health care visits in 2023 of active component members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force. Ambulatory visits not routinely and completely documented within fixed military and non-military hospitals and clinics (e.g., during deployments, field training exercises, or at sea) are not included in this analysis.

Hospitalizations Among Active Component Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 2023

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6/1/2024
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This report documents the frequencies, rates, trends, and distributions of hospitalization among active component members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Marine Corps in 2023. Prolonged hospitalizations, after care, and early attrition due to common disorders can diminish not merely individual but unit operational readiness. Summaries are based on standardized hospitalization records at U.S. military and non-military (reimbursed through the Military Health System) medical facilities worldwide that are routinely maintained in the Defense Medical Surveillance System.

Absolute and Relative Morbidity Burdens Attributable to Various Illnesses and Injuries Among Active Component Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, 2023

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6/1/2024
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The U.S. Coast Guard is the only military service operating outside the authority of the Department of Defense. Coast Guard personnel are eligible to use DOD health care facilities, but as many service members are not stationed near a DOD installation, the Coast Guard operates primary care clinics in areas with sufficiently large Coast Guard populations. MSMR’s annual burden of disease reports are designed to provide accurate estimations of the general health status of U.S. military personnel, for prioritization of effective interventions with measurable impacts on force readiness.

Reportable Medical Events at Military Health System Facilities Through Week 18, Ending May 4, 2024

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6/1/2024
6RMEs

This issue of MSMR presents the latest summary of Reportable Medical Events at Military Health System facilities through week 18 of 2024, ending May 4, 2024.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Pinal County, Arizona, due to Simmons Fire

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5/31/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Pinal County, Arizona, due to Simmons Fire

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Pinal County, Arizona, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 9, 2024, due to Simmons Fire.

TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 3 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

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5/31/2024
TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 3 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in 3 additional Iowa counties may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 1, 2024, due to storm damage.

First-Ever Veterans Affairs Department of Defense Joint Planning Summit

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5/31/2024
First-Ever VA-DoD Joint Planning Summit

Leaders from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs came together for a first-of-its-kind joint-planning summit to identify mutually beneficial resource-sharing opportunities to improve healthcare for both Veterans and DOD beneficiaries in North Carolina and Virginia.

Department of Defense Expands Hearing Protector Fit Testing to Reduce Hearing Loss

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5/31/2024
DOD Expands Hearing Protector Fit Testing to Reduce Hearing Loss

What you need to hear about the expanded hearing protection fit testing requirement.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Lincoln County, New Mexico, due to the Blue 2 Fire

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5/31/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Lincoln County, New Mexico, due to the Blue 2 Fire

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Lincoln County, New Mexico, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 8, 2024, due to the Blue 2 Fire.

Nursing Experience Fueled Leader’s Passion for Training, Supporting Military Health

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5/29/2024
Nursing Experience Fueled Leader’s Passion for Training, Supporting Military Health

Dr. Lolita O’Donnell’s military nursing roots took hold more than three decades ago, and although no longer a military nurse, those ideals still influence her duties as the DHA’s Education and Training Directorate’s chief of Executive Skills, Continuing Education & Libraries, and director of the Continuing Education Program Office.

Physical Fitness Holistically Integrates with All Total Force Fitness Domains to Support Readiness

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5/28/2024
Physical Fitness Holistically Integrates with All Total Force Fitness Domains to Support Readiness

By being physically fit, airmen, Guardians, Marines, sailors, and soldiers ensure they are physically ready to meet the demands of their job duties. Being in shape can also reduce the risk of developing many chronic illnesses and even shows improved mental health.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Jackson County, Oklahoma, due to Tornado Damage

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5/28/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Jackson County, Oklahoma, due to Tornado Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Jackson County, Oklahoma, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 5, 2024, due to tornado damage.

TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 10 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

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5/28/2024
TRICARE Expands Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers to 10 Additional Iowa Counties due to Storm Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in 10 additional Iowa counties may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 1, 2024, due to storm damage.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cooke County, Texas, due to Tornado Damage

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5/28/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Cooke County, Texas, due to Tornado Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Cooke County, Texas, may receive emergency prescription refills now through June 5, 2024, due to tornado damage.

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