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412th MDG offers tips to reduce appointment line hold times

Posted March 1, 2013 by

Scheduling a medical appointment with a healthcare provider can sometimes be a frustrating task for patients. Whether its long hold times due to high call volume or the inability to get an appointment that meets the patient’s needs in a timely manner, frustration can sometimes carry over to the appointment resulting in patient dissatisfaction. The…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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Sippy cups and your child’s teeth

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by Lt. Col. Inaam Pedalino Improper use of training cups can cause bottle mouth, a form of tooth decay, in young children caused by exposure to sugary liquids. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle…

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New pharmacy copays in effect

Posted February 15, 2013 by

The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name and non-formulary medications filled outside of military hospitals and clinics. This increase is effective immediately and does not apply to generic medications. Copays vary based on the class of drug and where the prescription is filled. The new copay…

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UnitedHealthcare transition, referrals

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Beginning April 1, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans will become the West Region Managed Care Support contractor. As part of the transition, referrals written prior to April 1 will expire May 31, 2013. The 412th Medical Group urges patients to proactively book appointments to prevent delays in receiving care. If the referral does expire, call (661)…

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Four ways to lower your risk for heart disease

Posted February 1, 2013 by Shari Lopatin

One out of every four women dies from heart disease in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It’s the top killer of U.S. women and men. Heart disease begins with damage to the lining inside the heart’s arteries. Certain factors contribute to this damage, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood…

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Flu Season: What you need to know

Posted February 1, 2013 by

Today, it's more important than ever to get your facts straight about the flu - and the vaccines available to prevent it.

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AFMC to promote American Heart Month in February

Posted January 25, 2013 by

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and the importance of heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; approximately one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke. You can…

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Well-Baby Doctor visits: Why they’re ‘SO’ important

Posted January 25, 2013 by Shari Lopatin

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. Wellness visits start two days after discharge from the hospital and should continue on the following…

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Safety tips for winter fires

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More fires occur during the winter months than at any other time. Fortunately, taking simple precautions can prevent most fires. Follow the safety tips below to help ensure your safety

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