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Trauma care reference body now woven into DHA combat support

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8/3/2018
Establishing the Joint Trauma System within the Defense Health Agency optimally positions the JTS to serve as the reference body for all trauma care. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Johnson)

The JTS mission is to provide evidence-based process improvement of trauma and combat casualty care to drive morbidity and mortality to the lowest possible levels, and to provide recommendations on trauma care and trauma systems across the Military Health System

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RESET improves pediatric care

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4/18/2018
Air Force Capt. Joseph Migliuri, 92nd Medical Group pediatrician, performs a wellness vision exam during a patient’s check-up at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The pediatric team has implemented a new concept of operations: rewarding, efficiency, setting priorities and empowering team members, or RESET, to their system of patient care. The integration of RESET in the Military Health System Genesis workflow has improved the clinic’s goals of patient access and care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

The aim of RESET is to improve access to care for the patient population

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Changes coming to the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program

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3/19/2018
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TRDP will end on Dec. 31, 2018

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From an award ceremony to panel talks, senior leaders will have presence at HIMSS

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3/8/2018
Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of Defense Health Agency, will be honored as a recipient of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards on March 8 in Las Vegas.

Federal health, IT experts come together for discussion on hot topics

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Advancements in telehealth improve access to healthcare

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2/23/2018
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Telehealth brings a range of services all working together to improve access

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Survey indicates higher satisfaction with military medical facilities

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1/8/2018
Staff at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, treat patients. The 2017 results of the Defense Department’s Joint Outpatient Experience Survey show an increase in patient satisfaction with military medical facilities and pharmacy care. (U.S. Army photo)

The results of the survey show an overall increase in satisfaction

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TRICARE Philippine demonstration ends, new preferred-provider network begins

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1/3/2018
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Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, a preferred-provider network will be available in the Philippines.

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Care Loop

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11/29/2017
Care Loop

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mariana Carrano’s business is patient care. She’s one of four Air Force liaison officers with the 86th Medical Squadron at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a short drive from Ramstein AB. As an LO, as they are often called, Carrano is responsible for taking care of a patient throughout the entire care loop – from the moment he ...

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Joint medical team provides medical care to remote communities

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6/19/2017
Army Maj. Jesus Morales, dentist, 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Hawk, dental assistant, 172d Airlift Wing, Jackson Mississippi, extract a decayed tooth from Raymond Kline. Kline participated in the no-cost medical services offered during the Ozark Highlands Innovated Readiness Training, Mountain Home, Arkansas, recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean)

The Innovative Readiness Training program is a unique way to provide real-world training to medical personnel while helping our fellow Americans by providing them no-cost medical care

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MHS Facts and Figures

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5/1/2017
The Military Health System cares for almost 10 million Americans of all ages, delivering care in military hospitals or clinics, or providing coordinated care through our civilian TRICARE networks.

The Military Health System cares for almost 10 million Americans of all ages, delivering care in military hospitals or clinics, or providing coordinated care through our civilian TRICARE networks.

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How long do I wait for an urgent appointment? A window into waiting times in military medicine

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4/19/2017
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The Military Health System places significant priority on ensuring our service members and their families have constant, reliable access to the health care services they need.

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USNS Mercy: Deployable Medical Center

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4/11/2017
U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

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Why do you want to be a military doctor?

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3/30/2017
Why do you want to be a military doctor?

During the 2017 Military Health System Female Physician Leadership Conference, we asked some military medical students and junior officers to share why they want to be a military medical doctor.

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Providing TLC for ICU babies

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1/19/2017
New mom Kimberly Neifert watches NICU Nurse Brandy Lor check the breathing rate of her daughter Ruelyn at Madigan Army Medical Center. Premature babies experience faster heart rates than adults and may also pause longer between breaths due to immature breathing patterns. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

Needing the care of a neonatal ICU is not something most families anticipate

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AMSUS recognizes Belvoir Hospital providers

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12/12/2016
Dr. Robin Meadows, Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor at Belvoir Hospital, accepted the 2016 Improved Access Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, at a ceremony in Washington Dec. 1. During the event, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Heather Shattuck was recognized as Nurse of the Year by the organization. This is the third year in a row that the honor has gone to a Belvoir Hospital nurse.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital receives 2016 Improved Access Award for drastically reducing wait times in the Outpatient Pharmacy.

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