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CSSP Adds a New Course: TTIWW Taking a Military History: Four Critical Questions

September 27, 2014

CSSP adds an additional course: TTIWW Taking a Military History: Four Critical Questions to our suite of courses.  This course was built in cooperation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the Durham VA to encourage better cooperation between private insurance providers and the VA.

This course has been created to help physicians and other health providers taking a medical history to ensure that they ask four critical questions to help them identify a veteran, or a member of a veteran’s family, that may be having issues related to deployment. It was developed by the AAMC Military History Initiative (MHX) Project Team called Ask, Document, Care. The vision of this team is: to improve the care provided to service members, veterans, and their families, and also others that are close to them – friends, co-workers, significant others. There are about 22 million living veterans. One-in-10 adults is a veteran. But there are another 40 million people that are dependents of veterans. So, altogether there are 60 million Americans or one out of every five men, women, children in the United States that are eligible for some type of VA services. The vision is to raise the awareness among medical professionals and trainees across our nation, about the health implications of military service, the resources available in VA, in the DoD for retirees, and the importance of asking the right questions and documenting the answers in the patient’s health record. 

As a result of taking this course the provider will be equipped to:
• State four critical questions that will assist providers with assessing: the impact of military service on physical and mental health; the need to change the patient’s preventative health plan based on military history; and when to make referrals to other providers or service organizations.
• Review the rationale for documenting a military history in the medical record.
• Identify resources and training opportunities for meeting the unique health needs of individuals who have served in the military and their families.