by Senior Airman Jannelle Dickey
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
10/1/2015 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- The
2nd Medical Group Medical Treatment Facility will implement changes
here Oct. 1 to simplify procedures for
With the change, PRP members are no longer required to check in and out
of the PRP clinic prior to medical appointments, nor will they wear a
PRP badge and carry paper records around the facility.
"The changes are beneficial because PRP members will spend
significantly less time in the medical facility for an appointment and
will be able to return to their work center quicker," said Col. Scott
Price, 2nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander.
The changes also allow the member to have a role in their medical care,
in addition to the relief of reduced administrative burden thanks to
"The PRP program is focused on personal responsibility. It's a
requirement that all individuals on PRP report any factors that may
impact the PRP member's ability or reliability to perform the PRP
mission to their certifying official," Price said. "These factors
include not only medical conditions and medications but also financial,
social, legal, et cetera."
It's still the member's responsibility to identify themselves as PRP
members at each appointment to ensure proper procedures and reports are
accomplished. Procedures will remain the same for preventative health
assessments and filling prescriptions.
"After PRP members complete a preventative health assessment, they have
to report to the PRP clinic for a note review," said Cynthia Brooks, 2nd
AMDS medical treatment facility monitor. "If prescriptions are received
from an off-base provider, the PRP clinic will need to review it before
it can be filled at the medical facility pharmacy."
Brooks stated that PRP is a commander's program and it's the
responsibility of the member to communicate with their certifying
"We are here to support the mission of the personnel reliability
program," she said. "We ensure they are medically capable and reliable
to perform PRP duties; however, it is ultimately on the member to make
sure their commander is aware of any medical issues."
The system improvements of putting more control in the member's hands
while reducing time spent in medical facilities are steps in the right
direction to encourage Airmen to seek medical care to remain fit to