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412th Medical Group to undergo AAAHC Accreditation and AF Health Services inspection

Posted December 21, 2012 by

The 412th Medical Group will undergo a thorough survey Jan. 7 through 11, 2013, to verify the group’s compliance with national ambulatory health care and Air Force Medical Service standards. The purpose of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, or AAAHC, survey is to evaluate the group’s compliance with national ambulatory health care standards….

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TRICARE referral process resumes authorization requirement

Posted June 14, 2013 by

Air Force graphic by Jet Fabara   On April 1, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans began serving as the TRICARE West Region managed care support contractor. Soon after the change to UnitedHealthcare, some beneficiaries and providers experienced service problems related to processing medical referral authorizations. To mitigate those problems and to ensure timely and effective medical…

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Safe winter driving

Posted November 27, 2013 by

Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in the northern regions where some of you may be driving over the holiday period.

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Emergency Care versus Urgent Care

Posted May 9, 2014 by

In the event of a medical crisis, sometimes it’s hard to determine if you should go to the emergency department or an urgent care center. You can help make emergency care as efficient and effective as possible by knowing how to distinguish an emergency from urgent and routine health concerns. Is it an Emergency? The…

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How much is your time worth?

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Capt. Greg Schaeffer

Team Edwards, how much is your time worth? A recent rise in speed related near-misses reported on Rosamond Blvd. has generated the following analysis from the Air Force Flight Test Center Safety Office. A near-miss is defined as someone going over the posted speed limit, changes lanes abruptly without signaling, or “cuts off” someone in…

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TRICARE Prime fees changing

Posted September 14, 2012 by by Brian P. Smith

For most retirees enrolled in TRICARE Prime, the annual enrollment fee is rising. It’s that time of year again. TRICARE Prime billing statements have gone out in the West Region. This year, enrollees will be seeing some new numbers in their statements. The individual and family annual enrollment fee rates are increasing.   Are my…

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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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Edwards reminds everyone to ‘Be Ready’ for September, all year

Posted September 6, 2013 by Jet Fabara

With September known as National Preparedness Month, the Edwards Emergency Management team is helping raise awareness on emergency preparedness. “Since 2004, the nation has observed September as National Preparedness Month. Every year, during this month, Americans focus on how best to prepare themselves, their homes, businesses, schools and communities for local disasters,” said Michael Feyerle,…

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A Recall on recent Impact Aid Cards

Posted January 17, 2014 by Christy M. McCoy

Last year, Muroc Joint Unified School District released the Federal Impact Aid Cards a day early to their students in anticipation of and response to the looming 2013 government shutdown. Unfortunately, a large number of these Impact Aid Cards are being returned to the school sites because there is a date error that needs to…

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Preparing your home to be fire adapted

Posted June 20, 2014 by Timothy Hiltner

Wildfire season is in full effect with many states reporting significant wildfire activity. In California, fires have forced more than 20,000 people to be evacuated this year. In Texas, more than 75 homes were destroyed by wildfire. Fire departments nationwide are encouraging residents with wildfire risk to be actively preparing for the upcoming season with…

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