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Air Force Medical Service
Air Force begins transition of hospitals, clinics to the Defense Health Agency
The Defense Health Agency officially assumed administrative and management responsibilities of a handful of hospitals and clinics as part of the Military Health System reforms mandated by Congress. The transition of the facilities is part of a phased implementation plan developed by DHA and Services medical departments that begins on Oct. 1, 2018.
Trusted Care everywhere is not going anywhere
As the Defense Health Agency assumes authority, direction and control of military treatment facilities, the Air Force Medical Service will remain steadfast on its Trusted Care journey towards higher reliability and Zero Harm.
A peek behind the curtain: Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating, but there are therapies that can reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, and help Airmen return to duty. One of the most effective therapies, practiced by many Air Force mental health professionals, is prolonged exposure therapy.
Baltimore C-STARS partnership prepares Airmen for battlefield medicine
Civilian partnerships are a vital readiness resource for the Air Force Medical Service, refreshing medics on trauma skills and taking lessons learned to deliver life-saving trauma care downrange. The Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills program in Baltimore, Maryland, prepares medical Airmen for deployment through immersive training at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Robotic surgery training program aims at improving patient outcomes
As the use of surgical robotics increases, the Air Force Medical Service is training its surgical teams in the latest technology, ensuring patients have access to the most advanced surgical procedures and best possible outcomes.
Offutt Celebrates Biomedical Science Corps
Biomedical Science Corps appreciation week is Jan. 22 – 26 and although they fly under the radar, the BSC team has been working hard for the past 51 years to keep Airman healthy and performing the mission. The BSC consists of nearly 2,300 officers in 18 different career fields supported by 6,400 enlisted members, making it the most diverse corps
Every journey begins with a single step – An Airman’s story of resiliency (Part 1)
Maj. Stephanie Proellochs, a Medical Service Corps officer, was fighting cancer, overcoming the odds and set on returning to active duty. Unfortunately, just when the finish line was in sight, new challenges presented themselves.
Annual Consent for Automatic Prescription Refills Begins Sept. 1
Beginning Sept. 1, 2017, Express Scripts will need annual consent from patients who want to receive automatic refills of their maintenance medications enrolled in TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. This means that just before one of your prescriptions runs out of refills, Express Scripts will reach out to you to know if you would like your doctor to be contacted to renew the prescription and if you’d like to continue in the Automatic Refill program. If not, Express Scripts will not refill your prescription.
55th Wing recognizes National Nurses Week
The nurses and medical technicians of the Fighting Fifty-Fifth, Ehrling Bergquist Clinic encourage you to learn a bit more about the advancement of their craft during the annual observance of National Nurses Week, May 6 - 12.According to American Nurses Association, this year’s observance theme is “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.”
Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force
Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals, communities and specific populations to help groups reduce their risk
AF continues to monitor Zika virus, infected mosquitoes could hit U.S. this summer
As the potential for infected mosquitoes to reach the U.S. rises, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infection to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all at-risk communities should prepare for possible Zika virus activity. As of Feb. 1,
Air Force increases access to behavioral health care
Nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, 80 percent of this population does visit a primary care manager at least once a year. The Air Force Behavioral Health Optimization Program seeks to bridge