Independence Day Message from the US Family Health Plan Alliance

On this Fourth of July, the US Family Health Plan Alliance celebrates the independence of our great nation and pays tribute to all our men and women in uniform, retirees and military family members. The selfless service and sacrifices of these brave men, women and families must always be appreciated and honored, and the Fourth of July is a fitting occasion to reflect upon and commemorate all they do to keep America free and secure.

The US Family Health Plan programs are grateful for the privilege of providing high-quality healthcare to our uniformed services family members and retirees, and we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.

Beyond Expectations: An Extra Test Can Save a Life

In a new US Family Health Plan video, retiree member Robin Farris shares her personal story about how an astute observation by her health care team during a routine test saved her life.

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A Time to Honor American Military Service and Sacrifice

Every year, the month of May closes with two particularly poignant reminders of American military service and of the sacrifices of those who serve to protect our freedoms.

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US FAMILY HEALTH PLAN TIPS FOR SUMMER SUN SAFETY

Summer is a wonderful time to get together with friends and family outdoors.  It is also a time to remain vigilant about your health and take precautions against skin cancer, one of the most common chronic health conditions in the United States.

The month of May is recognized as Skin Cancer Awareness Month by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and other health organizations.  The member organizations of the US Family Health Plan Alliance want to use this opportunity to share some helpful information and preventative skin care measures you can take as you enjoy your summer fun.

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US Family Health Plan Celebrates Military Spouse Appreciation Month

May is Military Spouse Appreciation Month, a time to celebrate the contribution and sacrifices made by military spouses, who support our service members. It is our honor and privilege to provide health care to the spouses of active-duty service members, activated members of the National Guard and Reserve, and retirees. Read more

US Family Health Plan Salutes Nurses During National Nurses Week

Nurses are at the frontline of patient care and as we celebrate National Nurses Week– timed to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  The member organizations of TRICARE’s US Family Health Plan program want to recognize and commend everything nurses do, day in and day out, to ensure patients receive the highest level of care possible.

As part of our leadership in promoting the patient-centered medical home concept, US Family Health Plan member organizations were among the first TRICARE providers to offer a 24-hour nurse help hotline, giving members around-the-clock access to nurses and primary care doctors. Through the hotline, US Family Health Plan members have access to general health information, advice on the use of emergency services, guidance about the appropriate level of care for their medical condition, and assistance in scheduling appointments.

The US Family Health Plan Alliance and the six health plans thank all nurses for their service and tireless dedication to patient care. We could not serve our members without them.

Understanding Military Culture at US Family Health Plan at PacMed

The US Family Health Plan Alliance comprises six regional health care providers that offer the TRICARE Prime benefit to over 150,000 military families and retirees across the country. 

In a new US Family Health Plan video, Dr. Rick Ludwig – Medical Director and Chief of Primary Care for US Family Health Plan at Pacific Medical Centers – highlights the US Family Health Plan’s unique relationship with the Department of Defense as the only fully capitated health care model in TRICARE.

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VIDEO: US Family Health Plan Regional Spotlight: Pacific Medical Centers, Northwest Region

The US Family Health Plan Alliance comprises six regional health care providers that offer the TRICARE Prime benefit to over 150,000 military families and retirees across the country.  US Family Health Plan members living in the Puget Sound area of Washington State are served by the US Family Health Plan at Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed™).

Dr. Rick Ludwig started his career with PacMed in 1981 as an internist and now serves as Medical Director and Chief of Primary Care for the US Family Health Plan at PacMed.  He oversees the majority of primary care for the region’s US Family Health Plan members.

In a new US Family Health Plan video, Dr. Ludwig highlights the patient-centered approach PacMed takes to providing health care to military families and retirees.

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Staying Healthy with the Changing Seasons

As Spring begins, US Family Health Plan members looking to sustain their New Year’s health and wellness resolutions should focus on preventative health care. The six member organizations of the US Family Health Plan place a high priority on providing their patients with quality health care and educating them about how preventive care can help them stay healthy all year long.  Examples of preventive care include:

  • Annual Exams: Schedule your annual exams in the beginning of the year, monitor chronic conditions and discuss any recent changes in your health with your doctor.1
  • Eat Nourishing Foods: Eating nutritious foods – including fruits, vegetables and healthy protein – can help prevent illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.2
  • Move Every Day: Exercise boosts your mood, gives you energy and improves sleep. Find ways to add in movement throughout your day.3
  • Maintain Your Brain: Keep your mind active with challenging activities like crossword or jigsaw puzzles – they’ve been shown to boost brain productivity and prevent memory loss.4
  • Socialize: Socializing regularly can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try scheduling one social activity a week—perhaps join a book club or sign up for a class at your local recreation center.5
  • Set Goals: Write down your health goals to keep them at the forefront of your mind.6

The US Family Health Plans’ preventive health care initiatives—including disease and complex care management programs and a patient-centered medical home concept that includes in-home patient monitoring—keep members active in lifestyle programs and invested in their health and wellness. For additional tips on preventative measures, contact your primary care provider.

References

  1. Regular Check-Ups are Important | Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  2. What Are the Benefits of Eating Healthy? | Medial News Today
  3. Exercise: 7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity | Mayo Clinic
  4. 12 Ways to Keep Your Brain Young | Harvard Health Publishing
  5. The Health Benefits of Socializing | Psychology Today
  6. An Easier Way to Set and Achieve Health Goals | Harvard Health Publishing

USHFP Member Profile Series: Health Coach Was My ‘Angel’

Mary Jones (left) with her health coach Courtney Nelson

In 2018, Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan member Mary Jones received frightening counsel from her doctor: If she didn’t lose weight, she would die.  Mary, a diabetes patient, had been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight on her own for years. A few days after receiving this scary news, Jones received a call from Courtney Nelson, a Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan health coach.  Jones saw Nelson’s call as the answer to her prayers. “She was an angel that God sent to help me out,” said Jones, who is now much healthier at nearly 50 pounds lighter than when she received that first phone call.

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