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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted April 5, 2013 by

Air Force illustration by Tech. Sgt. Christina M. Styer April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To find an event to participate in contact your local Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to…

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412th EWG to host Security Awareness Week

Posted March 29, 2013 by

Col. Kevin Muckerheide, 412th Electronic Warfare Group commander, Lt. Col. Chris Snyder, 771st Test Squadron commander, and David Krohman, 772nd Test Squadron director, are encouraging base personnel to attend Security Awareness Week, which will be hosted by the 412th EWG, starting April 1 through April 5. This year’s theme is “OPSEC and International Programs.” All…

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412th MDG Public Health Flight to host National Public Health Week

Posted March 29, 2013 by

The 412th Medical Group Public Health (PH) Flight will be celebrating National Public Health Week starting April 1 through April 5. This year’s national theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” The acronym ROI is a common business term which stands for Return-On-Investment. America can ensure a healthier nation, build a stronger…

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Suicide prevention – It’s everyone’s business!

Posted March 1, 2013 by Nancy Koch-Castillo

We as a “community” must get passed the stigma of talking about suicide prevention. I am not saying we have to be in everyone’s business 24/7, but we do need to step up our game in letting those around us know WE CARE. We should as individual citizens, employees, and spouses care about the well-being…

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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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