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Background

The U.S. Air Force hospital operated by the 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base is scheduled to transition from its current status as an inpatient military hospital to an outpatient clinic during summer 2017. Mountain Home AFB leadership and staff are engaging the community to ensure continuity of care for affected patients and to minimize staff disruption. 
 

Our first priority is to ensure we deliver the best possible care in the safest way possible. The 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home is not closing, and will continue to provide outpatient treatment. We will continue to focus on the health, well-being and readiness of our Airmen and their families. As with fighter pilots and other specialists, medical Airmen must also maintain their skills by using them on a regular basis. The Air Force Medical Service will partner with community health providers to sustain timely access to high quality healthcare. 366th Medical Group will make every attempt to place employees who are in positions being eliminated into vacant positions locally so they may continue to serve in another capacity as a valued member of the Mountain Home team. Although we operate in a fiscally constrained environment, we will continue to provide our Airmen, Retirees and Family members’ timely access to high quality care. It is the AFMS’s responsibility to take a close look at all facilities and programs to ensure efficiency while providing beneficiaries with continued health care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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A.  The Air Force Surgeon General has determined the 366th Medical Group should transition to an outpatient clinic by summer 2017.  This recommendation has been forwarded to senior Air Force officials for indorsement.  This facility is not closing. 

A. No. There is no plan to close this facility. The 366th Medical Group is not closing. It will transition to an outpatient clinic by summer 2017.

A. Mountain Home Clinic will continue to offer 24-hour urgent care 7 days per week.

A. Yes—the 366th Medical Group will continue to offer outpatient service for dependents.

A. Absolutely! You will be referred to a civilian provider in Boise or Mountain Home. You do not need to change to TRICARE Standard for pregnancy.

A. A hospital is a facility that offers medical care, treatment or services for a patient requiring a stay longer than 24 hours. An outpatient clinic is a facility offering medical care, treatment, or services in an outpatient or ambulatory setting.
A. The 366th Medical Group is not closing, but transitioning for a hospital to outpatient clinic by summer 2017. The services, programs and level of care will not change until this summer. The 366th Medical Group will continue to share information with patients, the community, and health care team as information becomes available.

A. No, we will still offer women’s health services. We will nolonger be offering obstetric services (deliveries). 

A. You should not need to get a new primary care manager.

A. We will continue to offer outpatient medical services at Mountain Home AFB. Inpatient care will be transitioned to local civilian medical facilities, which are a part of the TRICARE network.

A. Inpatient services, as well as surgical procedures will not be provided at the clinic. Most obstetric capabilities, including labor and delivery, will also be eliminated. If you are enrolled to Mountain Home MTF, your primary care manager will help you with a referral should you require a specific procedure that will no longer be available at Mountain Home Clinic.

A. The Mountain Home Clinic will offer outpatient services. Outpatient clinics offer medical care, treatment, or services in an outpatient or ambulatory setting. This will include:

  • Urgent care
  • Primary care
  • Women health capabilities like PAP, colposcopy and basic fertility exams
  • Pharmacy
  • Dental care
  • Lab services
  • Radiology

If you are enrolled to Mountain Home MTF, talk to your primary care manager to find out if a specific procedure you require will still be available at Mountain Home Clinic.

A. Your primary care manager should help you with any referral you need for care not available at Mountain Home Clinic.

A.  Inpatient care will be transitioned to local civilian medical facilities, which are a part of the TRICARE network. You may need a referral or authorization for this care from your primary care manager working with the TRICARE regional contractor.

The internal medicine position will not be filled, which effectively ends the service.

A. Emergency care will be covered by local civilian medical facilities and is supported by the local 911 emergency response system. The closest emergency department for many Mountain Home patients will be St. Luke’s Elmore Medical Center, located approximately 12 miles from the 366th MDG in the city of Mountain Home.

A. The 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home AFB is not closing, but will go from being a hospital with inpatient capability to an outpatient clinic. 

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