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Shedding light on patient advocates

Posted September 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed Master Sgt. Bryan Anderson, 99th Medical Group patient advocate, speaks with a patient at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 15. Patient advocates are located in each clinic and at the group level to help patients with any medical…

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Posted September 19, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q:  Does TRICARE cover custodial care?   A:  No. Custodial care (care provided for someone’s daily needs such as eating, dressing, or providing a place to sleep, as opposed to taking care of their medical needs), whether provided in an institution or home, isn’t covered. Some aspects of the care may be covered, such as…

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No hazard zone

Posted September 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Princeton Drake

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Have you ever driven your vehicle over an unknown pot hole, got angry and just blew it off? Then the next time you came to the same area you simply drove around it. In this situation, like most hazardous situations, an important step missed is to report the incident….

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Posted September 12, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q: Can I choose a civilian network provider? A: If you are covered under Tricare Prime and live more than 30 minutes from Nellis AFB, you can change your Prime Care Manager through the United Health Care Military and Veterans call center 1-877-988-WEST (1-877-988-9378) or www.uhcmilitarywest.com. If you do not live more than 30 minutes…

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Be aware: Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere

Posted September 5, 2014 by Senior Airman Timothy Young

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders Stacy Cooper (Right), wife of Capt. Jenner Cooper, 99th Medical Group critical care resident nurse, discusses emergency awareness plans with her son Jonathan and daughter Aubrey at their home in Las Vegas Sept. 2. Emergency awareness plans cover a large range of topics like determining meeting…

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Dietary supplements may affect career

Posted September 5, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

  U.S service members are held to a high standard of physical fitness. In order to meet, or thoroughly surpass, these standards of fitness, many enlist the help of dietary supplements. Service members cite reasons for supplement use as looking for an extra boost of energy, weight management or increased amounts of protein for quicker…

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Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign

Posted September 5, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

  WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Airmen have a responsibility that lasts much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s…

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Posted September 5, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

  Q: How do I get emergency care through TRICARE?   A: TRICARE beneficiaries seeking emergency care to safeguard life, limb, eyesight, relieve suffering, or self-risk or harm, should seek treatment at the nearest hospital’s emergency department. If you’re a TRICARE Prime enrollee and use a civilian emergency room you must notify your primary care…

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Don’t drink, drive: AADD saves lives

Posted August 29, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Couillard

U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman Jason Coulliard AADD operates from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. All calls are anonymous and there is no charge to use the service. Although AADD seems like a convenient service to use, it is not a cab service and should not be treated…

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Posted August 29, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

  Q: How do I file a medical appeal?   A: To file a medical appeal, follow the instructions on your explanation of benefits or determination letter for your denied claim. Send your appeal to your regional contractor. See below for the address. Claims Appeals: North Region Health Net Federal Services, LLC. TRICARE Claim Appeals…

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