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NEWS | April 15, 2014

Keeping Airmen mission ready

By Airman 1st Class Kimberly Nagle 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The Periodic Health Assessment is a vital part of individual medical readiness keeping Service members qualified to continue to serve worldwide in support of their mission.

The PHA provides Airmen with preventive health services to maximize their wellbeing and ensure their mobility readiness, said Thomas Lane, 633rd Aerospace Medical Squadron force health management director.

"The PHA program has two parts," said Lane. "It recommends evidence-based, cost-effective preventative health service, and identifies and documents potential duty-limiting conditions."

Within five duty-days of completing the Web Health Assessment, Airmen will receive an e-mail notifying them of the date and time of their face-to-face appointment, or be contacted to schedule an appointment by phone.

Technicians will attempt to identify risk factors during the appointment that will limit an Airman's ability to fulfill duty obligations. If no issues are discussed, PHA technicians will schedule an appointment with the member's PCM, and direct members to complete any needed ancillary services, such as labs and immunizations.

For reporting purposes, the PHA is considered complete when the following are accomplished:

· Web based health assessment results addressed
· Medical record review
· Face-to-face provider visit
· Clinical Preventive Services recommended
· Education and counseling services scheduled and referrals initiated
· Required medical record documentation accomplished
· Duty limiting condition determinations
· PCM reviewed and signed certified PHA
· For personnel on flying status, Air Force Form 1042

To assist Airmen, squadron commanders appoint unit health monitors responsible for notifying Airmen as they become due for any IMR requirement. Airmen can check their medical readiness status on the MyIMR site, located at or through the Air Force portal.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact the PHA cell at 764-6731.