From the battlefront to the home front, the face of federal health is changing. Federal Practitioner recently talked with VADM Michael Cowan, MD, executive director of AMSUS, as he prepares for its upcoming 2017 annual meeting. The meeting will focus on the continuation of care from the DoD to VA and PHS.
"When an injury or illness is successfully treated, the responsibility of the health system to that person is not done," VADM Cowan said. "We have seen a revolution in health care, and we are celebrating that revolution. Survival is a wonderful thing, but wouldn't we be cruel if we only saved those people and were done?"
According to VADM Cowan, the meeting will be structured to have frontline and battlefield topics early in the week. Later in the week the focus will turn to providing long-term health care. The meeting will conclude by bringing in patients so that the focus remains patient centered.
In addition to keynote addresses from VA leaders like Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence Carolyn Clancy, MD, the meeting will include presentations on hurricane relief efforts, a keynote address from Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, MH; and the CDC's new global rapid response team. More information on the conference can be found at amsusmeeting.org.