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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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TRICARE changes and network providers

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12/13/2017
TRICARE urges you to take command of your health care to enhance your TRICARE experience.

On Jan. 1, 2018, the current three U.S. TRICARE regions consolidate into two. New regional contractors will administer the TRICARE benefit for the East (Humana Military) and West (Health Net Federal Services, LLC) Regions. Due to these changes, it’s possible that your primary care manager (PCM) will no longer be in network.

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It's a small world after all with rise in global health engagements

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12/11/2017
Dr. Mansour Niang (left), a Senegalese gynecologist, and Dr. Anthony Donaldson, a major in the Vermont Air National Guard, perform surgery during a joint medical readiness training exercise at a hospital in Dakar, Senegal. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Simon Flake)

Efforts’ benefits go beyond protection at home, abroad

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Army-developed Zika vaccine induces strong immune response in early trials

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12/8/2017
A team of U.S. Army researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are developing a Zika vaccine that has induced a strong immune response in early trials. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jonathan Thompson, WRAIR)

A team of U.S. Army researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are developing a Zika vaccine

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2017 Military Health System Allied Health Leadership Excellence Awards

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12/8/2017
2017 Military Health System Allied Health Leadership Excellence Awards DoD honored its top healthcare providers and facilities for 2017 during an awards ceremony recently at the National Harbor Gaylord Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The Allied Health award recognizes those providers, both clinical and non-clinical, who provide great service to patients but are not direct healthcare providers. The Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps Chief Brig Gen Dienst (second from left) was in attendance to congratulate the winners. Awardees pictured are Senior Non-Clinician Air Force Maj. Stephanie K. Harley, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama; Junior Non-Clinician Navy Lt. Dawn M. Whiting, Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; and Senior Clinician Air Force Maj. Neysa M. Etienne, 86th Medical Squadron, Landstuhl, Germany.  Not pictured is Junior Clinician Air Force Maj. Rachel E. Wiley, Maxwell Air Force Base.

2017 Military Health System Allied Health Leadership Excellence Awards DoD honored its top healthcare providers and facilities for 2017 during an awards ceremony recently at the National Harbor Gaylord Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Decisions, decisions: Experts aim for higher quality, safer care in building electronic health record

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12/7/2017
Dr. Paul Cordts, director of the Defense Health Agency Office of the Functional Champion, speaks on a panel regarding the decision-making behind a large scale electronic health record while at the AMSUS Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on November 29. (Courtesy photo)

Experts discuss ongoing progress, overall goals for MHS GENESIS

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Elective surgeries hone surgical skills, prepare medical team for combat

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12/7/2017
Inside Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s second floor surgery suite, surgeons and medical teams are busy honing their critical-care skills. Regardless of procedure or patient, every incision is an exercise in mission readiness. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

Regardless of procedure or patient, every incision is an exercise in mission readiness

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Immunization Healthcare Branch outreach initiatives

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12/6/2017
Navy Lt. Jessica Miller, a certified nurse midwife in Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s pregnancy Integrated Practice Unit, assesses a patient. A key education initiative for the Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch involved outreach to new parents or soon-to-be parents to address any questions or concerns they have about vaccines recommended during pregnancy, infancy or childhood. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

A key education initiative for the Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch involved outreach to new parents or soon-to-be parents

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Community, innovative collaborations are themes at third annual International Warrior Care Symposium

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12/6/2017
Air Commodore Rich Withnall, United Kingdom WC21 co-chair (left), Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s minister of national defence (center left), Dr. Dorothy Narvaez-Woods, special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs (center right), and Mr. Bret Stevens, U.S. WC21 co-chair (right) pose for a photo following Minister Sajjan’s  keynote address. Senior representatives from 14 attending nations discussed their nations’ strategic priorities for warrior care. (Canadian Armed Forces photo by Corporal Lisa Fenton)

Community, innovative collaborations are themes at International Warrior Care Symposium

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2017 MHS award winners honored

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12/6/2017
MHS “Advancements towards High Reliability in Health Care” Awards: Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Awards - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for “High Value Cost Conscious Care: Optimizing the Electronic Medical Record to Reduce Unnecessary or Redundant Lab Orders.” Pictured (left to right) are Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, Navy Lt. Brett Sadowski, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alison Lane, Navy Lt. Sara Robinson, Navy Lt. Nora Maddy and Tom McCaffery, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. (Courtesy photo)

The Department of Defense Military Health System honored its top healthcare providers and facilities during an awards ceremony

Doctors use cutting-edge research at Navy hospital

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12/6/2017
Chad Rodarmer, traumatic brain injury clinic program manager, demonstrates tracking a patient's eye movement at Naval Medical Center San Diego, California. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

The Navy is developing and using cutting-edge research to better help service members, their family members and retirees

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From initial entry to retirement, access to seamless health care top priority among leaders

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12/6/2017
Dr. Paul Cordts, (right), director of the Defense Health Agency Office of the Functional Champion, and Dr. Ashwini Zenooz, chief medical officer for the VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization executive office, speak at AMSUS Annual Meeting in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on November 29. This year’s conference theme emphasizes force health protection from the battlefield to home. (Courtesy photo)

DoD and Va are committed to working together

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U.S., Brazilian Doctors Partner to Bring Medical Care to Amazon

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12/5/2017
AMAZON RIVER, Brazil (Nov. 21, 2017) Lt. Cmdr. Nehkonti Adams, an infectious diseases specialist, works with 2nd Lt. Raissa Vieira Sanchez, a Brazilian medical officer, to diagnose a small boy from a remote village along the Amazon River in Brazil, November 21. Adams is part of a team of five U.S. Navy doctors who are engaging in a month-long humanitarian mission up the Amazon River. The team is working with the Brazilian Navy to deliver healthcare to some of the most isolated people in the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Brame/Released)

Five Navy doctors recently boarded the Brazilian navy hospital ship NAsH Soares de Meirelles and began a monthlong humanitarian mission that will take them deep into the Amazon. These doctors will be working closely with the Brazilian navy to deliver healthcare to some of the isolated peoples in the world.

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Navy doctors bring medical care to the Amazon

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12/5/2017
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nehkonti Adams, an infectious diseases specialist, left, and U.S. Navy Lt. Gregory Condos, an internal medicine specialist, middle, work with 2nd Lt. Raissa Vieira Sanchez, a Brazilian medical officer, right, to diagnose an elderly woman on her houseboat near a remote village along the Amazon River in Brazil. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Brame)

U.S. Navy doctors recently embarked aboard a Brazilian Navy hospital ship and began a month-long humanitarian mission that will take them deep into the Amazon

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Defense Health Agency earns top 2017 Military Health System Awards

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12/5/2017
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency (far left) and Thomas McCaffery, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (far right), present the MHS “Advancements towards High Reliability in Health Care” Quality and Patient Safety Award to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for “Improving Sterile Instrument and Process Handling.” Accepting award (left to right) are Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Asante, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lara Kirchner, Army Maj. Shirley Ochoa-Dobies, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Renardo Reid and Chief Petty Officer James Pell. (Courtesy photo)

Several activities and one individual from the Defense Health Agency were recognized during an awards ceremony

Airman saves infant's life

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12/4/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Charity Lee Vest, 87th Aerospace Medicine Squadron operational medicine technician, holds baby Arlo at his home on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Vest received a knock on the door from a neighbor who exclaimed their 14 month-old son was unresponsive and needed medical attention. Vest used her CPR training to resuscitate the infant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Blair)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Charity Vest used her CPR training to resuscitate a 14 month-old child who was unresponsive

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