BACH offers opportunity for school and sports physicals

Story submitted by BACH

FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. – It is not too late to schedule a school or sports physical during Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s (BACH) upcoming Saturday physical event Aug. 24.

This event is especially convenient for TRICARE Prime patients assigned to a network primary care manager outside of Fort Campbell.

“The focus for School and Sport Physical Saturdays is to allow TRICARE Prime network beneficiaries the opportunity to receive a sports physical without incurring a cost, since sports physicals are not a covered benefit for TRICARE beneficiaries assigned to a network PCM,” said chief of primary care Col. David Brown.

Patients ages 4 to 22 who are enrolled to BACH patient-centered medical homes may receive school and sports physicals during regular business hours or Saturday, Aug. 24.

To schedule an appointment, beneficiaries should call 270-798-4677 or 931-431-4677.

The Sports Physical Saturday will be held Aug. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Byrd Family Medical Home, located in Building 7973, Thunder Boulevard (near Gate 10) at Fort Campbell. While appointments are recommended, patients may walk-in until 11:30 a.m.

Although all beneficiaries, including individuals enrolled to a network provider, may schedule an appointment for one of BACH’s School and Sports Physical Saturdays, patients enrolled to BACH are encouraged to utilize regularly scheduled appointments Monday through Friday to avoid long wait times.

As of July 2010, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has new immunization requirements for children enrolling in child care and school. The following individuals will need an official Tennessee Certificate of Immunization to provide to the school or childcare provider: children 4 years old and above who start pre-school, pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 7th grade or new students starting school in Tennessee for the first time.

In order to receive a school or sports physical, students must bring their immunization record (shot record) to the appointment. The BACH patient-centered medical home teams offer walk-in hours for immunization services from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Immunizations may also be given before or after the school or sports physical examination is scheduled.

If other medical concerns arise during the school or sports physical examination, a follow-up appointment should be scheduled with your primary care manager in order to ensure proper time and attention is devoted to the medical need.
Routine physical exams are valid for one year and are required for the following students:

* any child entering Christian County or Clarksville-Montgomery County schools for the first time
* any student participating in school organized sports
* any youth participating in Fort Campbell’s organized sport programs
* any adolescent who enrolls in the 6th grade in Christian County or Fort Campbell Schools
* any adolescent who is entering the 7th grade in Tennessee

For children who attend schools other than the districts listed, parents are encouraged to call their local school district to determine school and sports physical requirements and obtain the necessary forms. Parents may contact their child’s assigned medical home or network provider for more information about school or sports physicals.

If your child had a school physical within the last 12 months, it will not be necessary to receive another physical. BACH medical home patients who do not need a new physical may contact their care team to have the required school forms completed. Paperwork may take up to three business days.

Special notes: Please remember to bring each child’s school or sports physical examination forms and immunization records to the appointment. It is important that you complete all required forms prior to the appointment. Children are asked to wear shorts and a short-sleeved shirt to facilitate the examination.