TriWest Offers New Service to Combat Anxiety
--Expanding Condition Management Programs to include Anxiety--
PHOENIX (Mar. 1, 2011) TriWest Healthcare Alliance has a new Disease Management program for clinically diagnosed anxiety, which now joins the array of wellness and disease management programs offered to eligible TRICARE beneficiaries.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and, in general, can help one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it develops into a disabling disorder. Anxiety disorders last at least six months and can grow worse if not treated. Eligible beneficiaries suffering from this level of anxiety can receive extra help through TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which manages the TRICARE military healthcare entitlement on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) for 21 western states.
Significant anxiety disorders affect about 40 million U.S. adults 18 years and older in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. To compare, approximately 37 million people live in the state of California.
The Anxiety Disease Management program at TriWest has a number of services to help beneficiaries cope with their disorder, including a health coach who works with one’s primary care manager to tailor an action plan. The health coach will then work with the beneficiary until the plan’s goals are met. As needed, the beneficiary can also access smoking cessation, exercise, medication and nutrition help from his or her TriWest health coach.
TriWest’s Disease Management department also offers support to beneficiaries with diabetes, asthma, lung diseases (COPD), heart failure and major depression. The anxiety program, launched by TriWest in March, is a no-cost entitlement for those who are eligible. Eligibility is determined by TRICARE and is based on claims history. Once a beneficiary is identified as eligible to participate in the program, the DoD refers the beneficiary to TriWest. A Disease Management health coach then contacts the beneficiary and invites him or her to participate in the program.
In addition to what it offers through its Disease Management programs, TriWest works alongside the Military Health System to offer behavioral health resources for those in need. One such resource is the TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP). With this program eligible beneficiaries, including services members and their families, can access private, confidential counseling sessions 24/7 with a licensed therapist via the Internet (Skype), chat or the phone. These sessions are non-clinical and intended for general life issues, such as stress management or relationship problems. For more information, visit www.triwest.com/onlinecare.
Beneficiaries can find additional resources at www.triwest.com/anxiety and www.tricare.mil.Published Date: 03/01/2011
Operation Showers of Appreciation: This organization hosts baby showers for military families that are expecting their little bundle of joy! I think that is just absolutely wonderful and a great idea!! The next baby shower is scheduled for March 5, 2011 in the Fremont, California area so if you are a military family expecting a new baby, please contact her asap. The following Wish List can be printed out and used to send over to the organization to help them with your family needs. If you are nominating a family, please fill out the form below after copying it and send it along with the Wish List.
President, Operation Showers of Appreciation, Inc.
(866) 977-6762 ext 81
Tax ID # 26-2419938
Army Launches New Website for Wounded Warriors
The Army Warrior Transition Command launched a new website covering issues identified in feedback from wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans. The new site, http://www.mmsend57.com/link.cfm?r=180191835&sid=11405592&m=1165408&u=AUSA&s=http://www.WTC.army.mil, was designed to be a comprehensive source of information on Army warrior care for more than 16,000 wounded, ill and injured soldiers and veterans
DoD Call Center Links Troubled Troops, Resources
Troubled troops, veterans and family members have a round-the-clock, free resource for locating the help they need to deal with psychological health problems and traumatic brain injury. The 24/7 Outreach Center is part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, or DCoE. The center is always staffed with trained, professional health-resource consultants. To visit the DCoE Outreach Center, go to: http://www.dcoe.health.mil/24-7Help.aspx
TRICARE Supplement Law Changed
Civilian employers of military retirees once again can offer a TRICARE supplemental plan with their health insurance options, so that workers who elect to use their TRICARE Standard benefit can buy coverage conveniently and with pre-tax dollars. The change took effect June 18, 2010 under a final rule published by the Department of Defense (DoD). To learn more, and to read the article by Tom Philpott go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=10140412&m=1062742&u=AUSA&s=http://www.military.com/features/0,15240,216641,00.html?wh=benefits&ESRC=finance.nl
Electronic Medication Management Program Helps Injured
Military doctors say a new device is showing very positive results in keeping Wounded Warriors on top of their medications. The electronic medication management assistant, Emma, is currently being used at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and 3 other military medical centers. Emma is offered to Soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury who have non-medical attendance or who are on the high-risk sole provider program. Emma reminds patients to take medication and can also help prevent accidental or intentional overdose. Emma is directly linked to the provider and an alert is sent out each time there is activity, so pharmacists can keep track of each individual patient. To learn more about this medication management assistant, go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=10140413&m=1062742&u=AUSA&s=http://www.pentagonchannel.mil?fr_story=bd0d0ed139ac8c04d2fd9e2e6a09a87e9a5fd68a&rf=rss
Health Net Extends Partnership with Text4Baby to Military Communities
Health Net Federal Services has broadened their partnership with text4baby to include access to Servicemembers. Text4Baby is a new, free mobile information service that provides timely health information to pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby’s first year. Women can sign up by texting BABY to 511411 and they will begin receiving three free SMS text messages each week timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth. The text4baby program is supported by numerous businesses throughout the country. U.S. government partners include the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Health and Human Services. To read this article in full, please go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=10140415&m=1062742&u=AUSA&s=http://www.tricare.mil/mediacenter/contractornews.aspx?fid=109
Resolution Increases Awareness of PTSD
The Senate has passed a resolution designating June 27 as National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. The resolution was authored by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. Conrad said the stress of war might create wounds for Soldiers that are less visible than others but are no less real. PTSD symptoms include anxiety, anger and depression. Conrad said more must be done to educate troops, veterans, families and communities about the disorder and the resources and treatments available. For more information, please click here: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/06/ap_ptsd_awareness_day_062510/
Dogs Help Battle PTSD
The Army is using dogs to help Soldiers recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) according to the Army Surgeon General's special assistant for mental health, Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, M.D., who spoke at the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The effectiveness of man's best friend and other animals, such as horses for equine therapy, as part of mental health care is anecdotal, Ritchie said, but it is being taken seriously and researched. The findings of a NAMI report released last year, Depression: Gaps and Guideposts, found that about 20 percent of people living with depression have used animal therapy in treatment, with 54 percent finding it "extremely" or "quite a bit" helpful. To learn more, go to: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=press_room&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=102344
Study Reveals Chronic Pain Affects Returning Soldiers
About nine in 10 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who registered for care with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are experiencing pain, and more than half have significant pain, according to a study presented at the American Pain Society's annual meeting. Significant pain is a 4 or greater on a scale of 1 to 10. Sources of pain include combat injuries, including burns and post-amputation, said lead study author Michael Clark, clinical director of the VA's Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program in Tampa, Fl. With 90 percent of those who are injured in battle surviving -- compared to 40 percent during the Vietnam War -- vets are coming home with complex conditions that require extensive need for rehabilitation and pain management. About half of returning vets register for care with the VA. The study included 239 vets being seen at two VA hospitals in Minneapolis. For more information, please go to: http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/640265.html
New TRICARE Formulary Search Tool
Beneficiaries and providers can use the new TRICARE formulary search tool to find the most up-to-date information about prescription medications. Located at http://pec.ha.osd.mil/formulary_search.php, the new formulary search tool allows beneficiaries to easily find which medicines are in the uniform formulary. These are available at all full-service military treatment facilities and covered by TRICARE. Once a user has identified if a drug is available, they can use the search tool to get information on the drug, such as restriction on use. The tool also shows if the medication is Tier One (with a $3 co-pay,) Tier Two (with a $9 co-pay) or non-formulary (requiring a $22 co-pay.) It also shows when a generic equivalent is required. To read this release, please visit: http://www.tricare.mil/mediacenter/news.aspx?fid=641
TRICARE Enrollment Updates a Click Away
When transferring to a new duty station, Dr. Charles Rice, who is performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, is encouraging active duty Servicemembers and their families to head to the internet. Dr. Rice has asked that permanent change of station (PCS) orders include information about transferring TRICARE enrollment online to ease the PCS process for families and ensure continuity of health care. Depending on beneficiary status and circumstances, the Beneficiary Web Enrollment (BWE) website may allow enrollment changes. TRICARE beneficiaries can learn more about the features of BWE and gain access to BWE through the links at http://www.tricare.mil/bwe.
Data Collected on Military Prescription Drug Use
A reporting requirement was inserted into the 2011 defense spending bill requiring the Department of Defense (DoD) to keep records detailing the prescription and use of pharmaceuticals among deployed Servicemembers. To find out more, please click here: http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=9850273&m=1038381&u=AUSA&s=http://hamptonroads.com/2010/06/webb-seeks-data-military-prescription-drug-use
No More Waiting, TRICARE Podcasts Delivered Weekly
Waiting for the latest TRICARE news to show up in the mailbox is one way to stay up-to-date about health care. Another way, a faster way, is to subscribe to the TRICARE Beneficiary Bulletin podcast for the latest in TRICARE news and updates every week. Subscribe to the podcast at http://www.tricare.mil/iTunes, or search the Apple iTunes Store for ‘TRICARE’. Get e-alerts for new podcasts and subscribe to other TRICARE benefit news at http://www.tricare.mil/subscriptions.
Military Improves Do-it-Yourself Moves
After extensive testing and evaluation, the military has launched an improved system to better compensate Servicemembers who personally move their household goods on military orders. Personally Procured Move, or PPM, gives Servicemembers a choice. They may elect to personally move some or even all of their personal property and receive an incentive for doing so. PPM replaces Do it Yourself, or DITY, moves. To find out more, please go to: http://www.military.com/news/article/army-news/military-improves-doityourself-moves
New Centers to Help with Blast Injuries
The Army surgeon general told members of Congress that the Defense Centers of Excellence, especially for psychological health and traumatic brain injury, provide great promise for Wounded Warriors. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the first of five medical entities stood up as a result of the 2009 Defense Authorization Act, is already contributing to the treatment of battlefield injuries. The center has a 24-hour hotline available to Servicemembers and their families to help with suicide prevention, brain injuries and other problems. Trained consultants staff the line 365 days a year at 1-866-966-1020 and also respond via e-mail to mailto:Resources@DCoEOutreach.org. For further information please visit: http://www.dcoe.health.mil. To read this article in its entirety, please go to: http://www.military.com/news/article/army-news/new-centers-to-help-with-blast-injuries.html
Army Working to Stop All Sexual Assault
Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, launched the I. A.M. STRONG campaign in 2008, which allows Soldiers to Intervene, Act, and Motivate. The sexual assault awareness program was developed in 2004 and 2005. Fort Sill started its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program in 2005. Domestic abuse, sexual abuse, violence and assault are all related. Seeking out programs to help any one of these things can reduce the risk for all to occur. To learn more, please click on the following link: http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/04/23/37911-army-working-to-stop-all-sexual-assault/
Defense Readies System to Treat PTSD, Brain Injuries Remotely
Thousands of miles and the lack of facilities have kept the Army from providing treatment to Soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Defense Department (DoD) plans to deploy a solution soon that relies on a transportable telehealth system that will virtually bring doctors to patients. Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general, has pushed the service to consider using technology to provide much-needed treatment for PTSD. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, which is part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, took delivery of its first transportable unit. It marks a first step in meeting Schoomaker's challenge to use technology to replace face-to-face sessions between clinicians and Soldiers. The center is also developing other programs to treat the invisible wounds of war, including one that will use virtual reality to treat PTSD, a website to help troops and their families deal with issues that arise after they return from combat, and an iPhone application for clinicians to use when treating PTSD patients. To read more on this topic, please go to: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100322_5628.php
Proof of Army Family Covenant Success Found Among Facts, Figures
Proof of Army Family Covenant Success Found Among Facts, Figures
Two years ago, former Secretary of the Army Pete Geren joined Fort Monroe leaders here for the signing of the Army Family Covenant. The covenant is the Army’s promise to military families. A specific promise was a commitment to “create a quality of life in the military community that is commensurate with the value of the American Soldier.” Thus far, the outcome has been impressive. The covenant has focused attention on the military family experience as well. New community support programs have been established to address the hardships of lengthy deployments and the harsh realities of having loved ones in harm’s way. To read this article in full, please go to: http://www.mmsend57.com/ls.cfm?r=180191835&sid=8051102&m=876447&u=AUSA&s=http://www.army.mil/-news/2009/11/17/30543-proof-of-army-family-covenant-success-found-among-facts-figures/
(ACBSM HAS SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES IN OUR LOCAL AREA-PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY FOR ASSISTANCE)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide hotline. The hotline is available to anyone experiencing a suicidal crisis. When an individual calls in, they will be able to speak with a professional who will refer the caller to the nearest crisis center and other mental health services. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit the website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Want to know more about the American Legion? Visit Post 649's website!
Compact to Ease Transitions for Military Children
Last week in Washington, legislators unanimously approved the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, an agreement that standardizes how states deal with record transfers, enrollment, graduation requirements, extra curricular activities as well as a host of other related issues. Virginia, which has the country’s second-largest military population, is the 12th state to sign the bill. To learn more about this legislation and funding follow the link http://hamptonroads.com/2009/03/compact-ease-transitions-military-children.
Fisher Houses Help Vets' Families Cope
The Fisher House Foundation has opened its 43rd guest house next to the Veterans Administration’s West Los Angeles Medical Center. City officials are already pressing for a second home. The foundation has broken ground on six additions houses and is developing plans for eight or nine more. The free lodging and plane tickets provided by the Fisher House Foundation has saved more than 11,000 families upward of $100 million. To learn more about this foundation visit their website at http://www.fisherhouse.org/
Handy "Contact Us" Page at TRICARE.mil
Since TRICARE uses several different contractors to administer healthcare, pharmacy and dental benefits around the world, it often becomes difficult for beneficiaries to find the contact information needed. In addition to telephone numbers, the contact page provides links to locate the nearest military treatment facilities, beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinators, and debt collection assistance officers. The contact information can be found at http://www.tricare.mil/contactus.
Subject: Looking for Military Families to Help
Should you have any questions or need any assistance please don't hesitate to contact me.
The American Legion
National VA&R Commission
Assistant Director of DoD Outreach
Heroes to Hometowns Program Coordinator
Office: (202) 861-2700, ext. 1408
Mobile: (202) 631-9924
Hello, As you may be aware, Rebuilding Together and Sears Holdings have for combined forces to assist veterans and military families in need with free home repairs and modifications through the Heroes at Home program. I am hoping you can let these heroes in need know that help is available and direct them to their local Rebuilding Together affiliate.
We are actively seeking more veterans to assist. The program is open to low-income and disabled veterans of various military backgrounds, military widows and active duty military families. We are writing today because we need your help in spreading the word about our services.
Please ask veterans in need to contact their nearest Rebuilding Together affiliate as soon as possible. Affiliates can be easily found at http://www.rebuildingtogether.org/content/organization/map
Since the inception of Heroes at Home in 2007, we have completed nearly 300 projects across the country with a combined market value of over 3.8 million dollars. In 2009, we plan to complete hundreds more projects and we need your help to find more veterans who need assistance. If you would like to learn more about our program, or if you have a veteran to recommend for our services, please contact any one of Rebuilding Together¢s Veterans Housing team,
Vanessa Georgeson mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ,
Hyewon Kim <mailto:email@example.com> ,
or T.J. Cantwell <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ,
who will be happy to assist you. Also, feel free to visit our website at www.rebuildingtogether.org/heroesathome
With the assistance of people like you, we will continue to help our veterans and service members remain comfortable and safe in their homes and give back to those who have given us so much