Health & Safety

July 12, 2013

If it’s not life or death, make an appointment

Over use and improper use of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities are a large drain on the budget available to the 56th Medical Group.

The 56th MDG leaders have spent a good amount of time identifying how they can help Luke Air Force Base members and their families better understand and address this issue.

“We are implementing measures we hope will make it easier to obtain appointments not only for routine care, but especially for more urgent medical needs,” said Capt. James Schuhs, 56th MDG physician assistant. “It will make it easier for members to get appointments for needs that will not result in the loss of life, limb or eyesight without immediate treatment; in other words, something not serious enough to require a trip to the emergency room or urgent care facility.”

According to the Tricare website, emergency care visits and urgent care fall into two separate categories. Emergency care is a sudden and unexpected medical condition, or the worsening of a condition that a sensible person would see as a threat to life, limb or eyesight and requires immediate treatment. ERs can be visited at any time without prior authorization but the member must contact the primary care manager within 24 hours or the next business day after receiving emergency care.

To receive urgent care a member is required to get a referral from the medical staff and visit an approved urgent care facility. Approved care facilities in the Phoenix area can be found on the United Healthcare website at www.uhcmilitarywest.com.

For those who are unsure whether or not their condition requires a visit to the ER or urgent care, the medical group has an after-hours number one can call. The after-hours representative will be a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. They are on call after 4 p.m. on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays and can be reached by calling the main appointment line at 623-856-2273.

“With a single phone call, one can obtain real-time consultation with a provider about illness or injury,” Schuhs said. “They can also help with information on how to treat it and what other steps might be appropriate such as whether to go to the emergency room or perhaps simply have you follow-up with your primary care manager the next day.”

When possible, however, the Luke AFB clinic should be a member’s first stop before seeking medical services elsewhere.

“As one of the medical providers on staff at the Luke AFB clinic, I speak for all of us when I say we are dedicated to giving our patients the very best possible healthcare,” Schuhs said. “I believe we can work together to make changes that will reduce costs and continue to provide high quality care through a robust but efficient military healthcare system.”

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Luke cuts ribbon on F-35 Academic Training Center

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, cuts the ceremonial ribbon Oct. 9 marking the completion of the academic training center building at Luke Air Force Base. The buildin...
 
 
Forino_J

U.S., Singapore partnership standout

Lt. Col. John Forino Aug. 9 marked the 49th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel design...
 
 
shirts-graphicbw

‘Guts’ required to enforce standards

A few years ago, a fellow senior NCO requested I talk to her subordinate about her appearance, specifically pertaining to her hair. Naturally, I asked about what the issue was and why she couldn’t have a discussion with her o...
 

 
141008-F-HT977-008

Airmen get new ‘Community Commons’

Renovations on Bldg. 700, which houses the Health and Wellness Center, will take place April 2015 through spring 2016 at Luke Air Force Base. Subway and the barbershop will remain open during construction. Other amenities, such...
 
 

News Briefs October 17, 2014

Keep good mental health Calling all Airmen! Sleep disturbances such as insomnia and nightmares can affect people personally and professionally. Reaching out to a medical provider is a step in the right direction to good health. Courtesy of the 56th Medical Group Haunted house The 56th Mission Support Group is featuring Operation: Haunted Block House...
 
 

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Jessica Behrens 56th Medical Support Squadron Pharmacist Hometown: Seneca, Missouri Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Chris; daughter, Katelyn, 2; son, Levi, 5 months Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas and doctor of pharmacy from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Previous assignments: Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida; Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Spring...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin