“History Statement” -- On July 1, 2008, per the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) law, several medical and dental functions of the 62d Medical Group (MDG) were realigned to Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) and Western Regional Dental Command (WRDC). At that time, the 62d Medical Squadron (MDS) was established as a Limited Scope Inter Service Supported (LSISS) Medical Treatment Facility (MTF). Patient enrollment to the 62 MDS was limited to the 4,000 AF personnel on active duty orders assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Medical care for all other non-AD beneficiaries was transferred to MAMC’s health care system.
Since October 1, 2008, the 62 MDS has provided primary care and operational medicine services (including optometry) for nearly 4,000 enrolled AD AF personnel assigned to JBLM. Obstetric and gynecologic care, mental health services, physical therapy, and ancillary support (i.e. laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy) are provided to AD enrollees at the McChord Clinic location by the McChord Medical Clinic (MMC) - a co-located clinic directly managed by the MAMC health care system. Most referrals for specialty care services are accepted by MAMC. A few are directed to the United Healthcare private sector network. The 62 MDS ensures that the medical and dental readiness requirements for AF personnel are met, and that personnel supporting the Prime Nuclear Airlift Forces (PNAF) are medically reliable. The 62 MDS deployment mission is limited. While it deploys few of its personnel, it is responsible for sustaining one of the highest deployment operations tempos in the Air Mobility Command (AMC).
The 62d Medical Squadron falls under the 62d Airlift Wing under 18th Air Force within Air Mobility Command, and operates on Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the Air Force ‘Airman’s Clinic’ in the same facility as the Army McChord Clinic that is a satellite Clinic of Madigan Army Medical Center. The Squadron is divided into 4 separate Flights: Operational Medicine, Bio-Medicine, Dental and Medical Support. The current manning is 64 Active Duty Air Force, 7 Government Service, and 17 Contractors for total of 88 medical staff. The FY16 budget is approximately $1.5M supporting staff and clinical operations. The Clinic offers 45K appointments supporting Active Duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Personnel. The annual relative value unit (RVU) output is around 630K which saves approximately $21.5M in outsourcing care costs.
Best Practices/Unique Activities
MTF COMMANDER PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES
The 62 MDS will continue to fulfill the healthcare needs of its AD AF population while supporting the Department of Defense, AF, AMC, Defense Health Agency, PSMHS, AFMS, 62 AW, 627 ABG and numerous other constituent units within the context of an evolving joint base environment. Toward that end, the mission priorities of the 62 MDS are/will be:
Priorities are consistent with the Air Force Medical Service strategic goals of Readiness, Better Care, Better Health at the Best Value with the end state of Trusted Care, Anywhere.