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AF implements changes to PT assessment

Posted October 25, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has released further guidance on the implementation of several changes to the physical assessment test, which will take place Oct. 21. The new guidance includes additions to the body composition component of the fitness assessment, delegation of appeal authority for fitness assessments and changes to the walk test. According to…

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Affordable Care Act has little impact on TRICARE beneficiaries

Posted October 25, 2013 by Defense Health Agency

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”)…

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Halloween: A cavity trick or sugary treat

Posted October 25, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

Halloween is fast approaching. Soon the ghouls, ghosts and zombies from Las Vegas will be wandering the streets and knocking on doors in search of treats.

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Posted October 25, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q.  Does TRICARE pay for power wheelchairs and scooters? A.  TRICARE may cost share on electric powered wheelchairs if they are medically necessary, based on TRICARE requirements. TRICARE won’t cover a power wheelchair or scooter for convenience, or for leisure or recreational activities. Scooters, electric-powered, cart-type vehicles, may be cost-shared as an alternate to an…

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Dietary supplement linked to hepatitis outbreak

Posted October 18, 2013 by By Larine Barr

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to stop using OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement, because of suspected links to acute hepatitis.

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Pumpkin Patrol ensures child safety during Halloween

Posted October 18, 2013 by 1st Class Jason Couillard

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Security Forces Squadron ensures the safety of base housing residents during Halloween through a program called the “Pumpkin Patrol.” The security forces and volunteers from other units provide a safe and secure environment for children trick-or-treating through expanded foot patrols of the Nellis Landings and Terrace housing. The…

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Posted October 18, 2013 by 99th Medical Group

Q. Does TRICARE cover weight loss bariatric surgery? A. Yes, but here are certain conditions that must be met. TRICARE cost shares on any of the following open or laparoscopic surgical procedures: 1. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 2. Vertical banded gastroplasty 3. Gastroplasty stomach stapling 4. Adjustable gastric banding i.e., adjustable LAP-BAND® ONLY when all of…

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted October 11, 2013 by Defense Health Agency Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents a…

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  Q. What is hospice care and does TRICARE cover it? A: Hospice is patient or family centered care for terminally ill patients who have six or less months to live if their illness runs its full and normal course. Hospice focuses on pain control, home care, comfort, and self-respect. TRICARE covers a number of…

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Life of a Warrior initiative encourages healthier way of life

Posted October 4, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam Missy Cornish, wife of Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander, leads a warrior trained fitness workout on the field at the track behind the Warrior Fitness Center Sept. 26 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Warrior trained fitness event was designed with…

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