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Health literacy key for better health, better care

Posted June 29, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Just as the ability to read, write and be literate is critical to the processing of information in day-to-day life, health care has its own component of literacy. Health literacy is the capacity of individuals to obtain, process and understand health information and services in order to make informed decisions about…

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Indirect child abuse common

Posted April 6, 2018 by by JAMES YANG-HELLEWELL

I hear couples claim their chronic arguing, and even occasional throwing of objects or physical altercations, do not affect their children. They assert the children are not usually in the room, or they make a deliberate effort to remove the children from the scene. Unfortunately there is plenty of research claiming this opinion to be…

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Critical days of summer upon us

Posted June 12, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland  

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With the beginning of the Critical Days of Summer, we are reminded to make safe decisions this summer. “The Air Force has been focused on additional mishap vulnerabilities during the summer months since 1964,” said Col. James Fisher, Air and Education Training Command director of safety. “We recognize the summer months…

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The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

Posted December 30, 2016 by Yolanda R. Arrington

We've all seen them before: the cans, small shots and uniquely packaged drinks that promise to give you an energy boost during the most important parts of your day.

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MiCare updates process for personal health record

Posted March 29, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force’s secure patient portal, MiCare, also known as RelayHealth, is making changes to the personal health record process March 28. Automatic updates to MiCare PHR will be discontinued; however, electronic health records will continue to be available through the Blue Button feature on TRICARE Online (TOL). Beneficiaries can…

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Take action to make a smooth transition with TRICARE in 2018

Posted September 22, 2017 by

Air Force image You may be wondering what action you need to take, if any, to ensure you continue TRICARE coverage in 2018. Some beneficiaries will need to take action, but most will not. If you’re currently enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE coverage on Dec. 31, 2017, you’ll transition to your respective TRICARE plan…

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Flu season in full swing – get vaccinated

Posted October 27, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Cooler weather and browning leaves harken the onset of autumn, but so too does a runny nose and sore throat. Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, typically between the months of October and May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The…

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Students learn public health, zombie style

Posted July 8, 2016 by Sarah Marshall

BETHESDA, Md., — A course at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences here is teaching students global health care delivery in a unique way that’s sure to be a “thriller.” Students in USU’s family nurse practitioner doctorate of nursing practice program must take a population health course as part of their degree requirements. This online class…

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Explaining TRICARE annual cost increases

Posted May 25, 2018 by

Population growth, aging, and price increases for medical goods and services drive many health care costs in the U.S. In any given year, these price increases are related to rising drug costs, using new medical technology, increasing provider rates or other factors. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which tracks health care costs…

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Enroll newborns in TRICARE within 60 days of birth

Posted May 15, 2015 by Master Sgt. Carolyn Stewart

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses. Members who want their…

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