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Happy Holidays from DiLorenzo Pentagon Clinic.
 
This is a wonderful time of the year to have time off to spend time with your family and friends. It is also a time when we often eat more than we should and exercise less as the weather turns colder.  As your health care providers, we want you to enjoy your time off but try to watch what you eat and maintain your weight during December. Fit to Win has asked us to "maintain, not gain" this holiday season.  It is a great reminder that all that great food can translate to ten pounds pretty quickly and additional weight can affect your blood pressure and your joints.  Keep exercising and eat healthy!  And, be safe on the roads. Vehicle accidents killed more than 40,000 people in the US in 2017.  We want you back to work in January and not as a statistic.
 
DiLorenzo has been dealing with a provider shortage for much of 2017 and this has certainly impacted your access to care.  We have improved our Secure Messaging use and have added 2 providers in November so we aim to improve our access by 20% by January.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to strive to provide the best quality and safe care possible in a timely manner. 
 
Another area that has been adversely affected is Medical Readiness where we complete most of the PHAs for all service members.  In addition to being short providers, we are also undergoing significant changes in the DoD PHA process.  DoD policy regarding PHA’s has undergone revision and Service Members receiving their PHA at DTHC will begin to notice a few changes to the PHA procedure. 
 
The PHA has shifted focus on the assessment of deployability and identifying deployment limiting conditions.  This is accomplished with an assessment of readiness requirements, a person-to-person mental health assessment, and preventive health screenings to determine if further health evaluation is indicated.  For some service members, this assessment can be accomplished with a telephone call from the provider.  DTHC personnel will determine this possibility after the self-survey has been completed. 
 
When further health evaluation is indicated during the preventive health screening, this medical care will be done by the service member’s primary care provider.  Chronic conditions will also be cared for through the primary care provider.  Lab tests such as cholesterol and glucose and studies such as EKG’s are no longer mandatory to complete a PHA.
 
To meet the demand for PHAs, DiLorenzo has completed 2 evening clinics focusing solely on PHAs and we are looking at virtual health options and utilizing visiting providers as much as possible.  Multiple MTFs across the country are experiencing the same issues.  We will continue to meet the demand for PHA completion and understand your frustration if you have to schedule more than 30 days out. 
 
In summary, the PHA should be viewed as a screening tool for deployment that may involve only a phone call from a provider.  Definitive medical care for any condition will come from the member’s primary care physician team.
 
Thank you for your service and for working as hard as you do in the Pentagon.  We are proud to be your medical team!
 
“Committed to caring… always”
COL Thomas J. Rogers
  
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