Col. Lee Harvis, Command Surgeon, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, shares personal and professional perspectives on Air Force life and military medicine.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, AF Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. Steven Cum, Chief of Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps Chief, pose with two Airmen from the 380th Expeditionary Medical Group during an all-call at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 11, 2018. The Airmen were coined because of their outstanding performance and contribution to the 380th Air Expeditonary Wing mission.
On November 12, 1948, Air Force Brig. Gen. Harry Armstrong, commandant of the School of Aviation at Randolph Field, Texas, convened the first Air Force symposium on space medicine.
The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) kicked off its Northeast Region Warrior CARE Event at the National Harbor this morning, starting the week with a day of resiliency programs featuring music, yoga, journaling and improvisational comedy workshops.


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Nationwide Telephone Scam Affecting TRICARE Beneficiaries TRICARE beneficiaries need to be aware of a nationwide telephone scam affecting beneficiaries over 65 and on Medicare. A caller will usually identify themselves as being an official Medicare vendor and will then offer to sell you back braces. The caller may have specific information that makes the call seem official, typically your address, phone numbers and doctor’s name. The caller is hoping this will convince you they are a legitimate vendor and that you will give them your social security number and additional personal information. If you receive a call like this, DO NOT give any of your personal identifiable information, such as birth date, social security number or banking information. TRICARE never asks beneficiaries for this information when calling for an official Department of Defense survey. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) Program Integrity Office is closely monitoring this situation. If you receive a call of this nature, please do not provide your information and contact the DHA Program Integrity Office directly. For more information on fraud and abuse reporting, visit, www.TRICARE.mil/fraud.
Effective June 30, the only access to Keesler Medical Center weekdays between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. as well as all day and night on weekends and holidays for other than staff members is through the Back Bay Tower Emergency Room entrance on the east side of the facility.
By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Roberts 81st Dental Squadron The Keesler Dental Clinics’ Department of Endodontics is seeking patients needing root canal therapy for treatment in the Endodontic Residency and two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry programs. Applicants must be a military retiree, family member of a retiree or active-duty family member and have recently been diagnosed by a dentist with an endodontic condition requiring root canal therapy. Eligible patients must obtain a written consult from their referring dentist and fax it to 376-0193 or bring it the Keesler Dental Clinic during normal duty hours. Patients will be selected for treatment based on the needs of the Endodontic and AEGD residency programs. Please call 376-5227 for more information.
TRICARE Service Center Walk-In Service Ending By Master Sgt. Karen Fish 81st Medical Support Squadron Walk-in service at the Keesler Medical Center TRICARE Service Center (TSC) will cease as of April 1. ... Due to current fiscal constraints within the federal government, the Military Health System must continue to provide the best medical care possible while finding ways to reduce cost. Walk-in customer service is the most expensive customer service option. By eliminating this service at TSCs, the Department of Defense estimates savings of approximately $250 million over five years. The Defense Health Agency made the decision as more beneficiaries use convenient Internet and phone options for their TRICARE customer service needs. (More information is available at www.tricare.mil/TSC.) Keesler Medical Center patients still have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer service options available through www.tricare.mil. The new “I want to…..” feature on the site’s front page includes everything beneficiaries need to do online. When walk-in service ends on April 1, beneficiaries who want personal assistance can call Humana, 1-800-444-5445 for help with enrollments and benefits. All health-care, pharmacy, dental and claims contact information is available at www.tricare.mil/contactus. Beneficiaries can get 24/7 TRICARE benefit information at www.tricare.mil, make enrollment and primary care manager changes and obtain more online assistance at www.tricare.mil/enrollment. Instead of driving to an installation TSC, TRICARE beneficiaries can even combine high-tech with low-tech by downloading online health-care forms and sending them in the old-fashioned way through the U.S. Postal Service – at a cost of less than 50 cents. The change does not affect TRICARE benefits or health-care delivery to beneficiaries. In addition, medical out-processing requirements for service members assigned to Keesler Air Force Base will not change. Out-processing service members must still bring a copy of their orders to the TRICARE Services Office located in room 1A222 of the medical center.
TRICARE Retiree Dental Program Open for New Enrollments TRICARE Public Affairs 12/23/2013 - FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) offers comprehensive dental coverage to all enrolled members. Available to retired service members and their family, retired National Guard and Reserve members and their family, Medal of Honor recipients, their family and survivors, TRDP is currently open for enrollment.... TRDP covers diagnostic and preventive services, like exams and cleanings at 100 percent. Emergency services and basic restorative services, like fillings, are covered at 80 percent. The annual deductible is $50 per person, each benefit year, and $150 per family per benefit year. The annual maximum benefit is $1,300 per person per year for enhanced enrollees; this is an increase of $100 from last year. The annual maximum for orthodontia increased from $1500 to $1750. For more information, visit www.tricare.mil/Dental/TRDP/Costs. Eligible beneficiaries can enroll online through the Beneficiary Web Enrollment website (BWE), www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/bwe or go to www.trdp.org to print, complete and mail in a TRDP enrollment application. To enroll on the BWE, beneficiaries will need a DS logon, CAC or DFAS login. Enrollees may be asked to enter information to establish an electronic funds transfer (EFT) method for payment of their monthly premiums, but EFT is not an option for the TRDP so enrollees should not enter anything in that section. Federal law requires that TRDP premiums be deducted automatically through a monthly allotment from retirement pay. EFT is available only as an alternative method of payment for beneficiaries who do not receive retired pay or whose retired pay is insufficient to cover the allotment amount. For those eligible to pay TRDP monthly premiums by EFT, visit www.trdp.org to download the EFT authorization form. There is a 12-month commitment for initial enrollments. After a year, beneficiaries can decide to continue on a month to month basis as long as they haven't added additional family members to the plan. If a beneficiary and spouse are already enrolled, adding a child or any other family member resets the 12-month period. Retirees who enroll in TRDP within four months of their retirement date have immediate access to the full benefit package. If they miss that four-month window, there is a 12-month waiting period for coverage of more advanced services such as crowns, bridges and implants. Delta Dental of California manages the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program. Beneficiaries can register at www.trdp.org to access several online features such tracking claims, and adding or removing family members. For information, please visit www.tricare.mil/TRDP. See More
WARRIOR TRAINING Keesler Medical Center provides reduced service during warrior training 1-5 p.m. the sec¬ond Thursday of each month. Family health, internal medicine, pediatrics and gen¬eral surgery clinics will each have one doctor available for urgent appointments. For ur¬gent situations, contact Cen-tral Appointments at 1-800-700-8603 or report to the emergency room. Although pharmacy, radi¬ology and laboratory services are open, they will have reduced staffing. Patie...nts are asked to delay visits to these services during warrior training. For emergency situations such as shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain or bleeding with pregnancy, please go to the nearest emergency room. In the event of an emergency, contact 911 for an ambulance. The Keesler Medical Center staff is committed to main¬taining the highest level of war and peacetime readiness. It does this through monthly training sessions. We pologize for any inconvenience.
The @Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) is committed to delivering the right care at the right time. DID YOU KNOW as an #AFMS #patient you can safely connect with your healthcare team online? Take command of your health with #MiCare: http://www.afms.af.mil/micare/
The TRICARE office within the medical group has moved from its previous location and is now located on the 1st floor in room 1A222 where admissions and dispositions was previously located. Admissions and dispositions have moved to 2D in the Back Bay Tower with the preadmission staff.
Drink today and be impaired tomorrow. Even moderate alcohol consumption can impact your reflexes for up to 18 hours. Is drinking a problem for you? Go to www.DrinkingIQ.org to see.
It is 4A/MSC appreciation week here at Keesler's Medical Group. If you know a 4A thank them for all they do behind the scenes to make things run smooth for patient care.
This is our breakfast to kick off 4A/MSC week 2012!
Keep thinking about being energy conscience and reduce your footprint when you can. Take the stairs instead of the elevator! Not only do you use less energy, but you also get a better workout… healthy living is a great thing.
Think about energy costs and try to turn out the lights when you leave the room!
We have changed our wall photo... it's the New Back Bay tower! Keep watching the page for information about our open house comeing soon and the ribbon cutting in the near future!
Another "Crusin The Coast" has finished up here in MS. Hope everyone enjoyed the cars and fun times!
Tuesday, September 25th, there is a blood drive at the hopspital. Come and donate some blood for those that need it between 9 and 3.
The weather is turning into fall. Get out and enjoy the running trails!
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For the third consecutive year, David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base has been recognized as a m… https://t.co/wtS3czWMkM
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As if by fate, a weather delay in Germany allowed a C-17 aircrew from the 315th Airlift Wing to embark on a challen… https://t.co/u8HxYWpGKz
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