DoD cancels 2013 MHS Conference

The U.S. Department of Defense has cancelled its 2013 Military Health System Conference in an effort to reduce near-term financial spending.

In a notice released on Friday, leaders of the Department of Defense's Health Affairs division expressed their disappointment at needing to cancel such an important event. The conference was scheduled to take place between February 11 and February 14.

"This conference is an important element in bringing together the uniformed medical leadership at all levels of the Military Health System, along with our other federal partners and contractors," the notice said. "We are disappointed that we needed to take this step. But, the ongoing federal budget issues required the military departments and (Office of the Secretary of Defense) to make a series of near-term financial decisions to reduce overall spending in the department."

The department will release future information and updates after Congress resolves federal budgetary issues.

"We will be taking advantage of other means of communication to ensure all of you remain informed about our initiatives to create an even more integrated delivery system," the notice said.

The notice to cancel the conference was signed by Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Thomas Travis, Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson.

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