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Loss of Credentials: The Investigation, Peer Review and Credentials Committee Process

Tripler Army Medical Center was completed in 1948. The architecturally distinctive coral pink structure atop Moanalua Ridge was dedicated on September 10, 1948 and has been a familiar landmark on the south shore of Oahu ever since.

Twelve Steps Related to the Loss of Clinical Credentials

Virtually all health care providers, from doctors, to physician’s assistants, to dentists, to nurses, to psychologists, to social workers all require licenses from the state in which they practice.  In the military, to qualify for credentials to practice in a military treatment facility (MTF), the provider must be licensed in one or more states.  The quality assurance and licensing program in the military is governed by Department of Defense Manual 6025.13 (October 29, 2013).  As with most DoD policies, the individual services are responsible for overseeing and the implementation and compliance of the health care providers quality assurance policy.  In the Army, Army Regulation 40-68, Clinical Quality Management, is the controlling regulation.  In the Air Force, AFI 44-119, Medical Quality Operations, governs.  In the Navy, BUMEDINST 6010.31 covers adverse actions for privileged health care providers.  Regardless of the service, the quality assurance program is designed to ensure competent providers administer safe and effective care to their patients.

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Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor Joins Firm — Leah Linger to Focus on Fort Hood and Joint Base San Antonio

Kansas City, Missouri, July 27, 2017 (Newswire) –​​​​​The Law Office of Will M. Helixon announced today that military lawyer and former Special Victim Prosecutor Leah Linger has joined the firm as “Of Counsel.”  Leah will focus on assisting the firm defend military members in courts-martial and civilian criminal trials.  She will also provide military law legal services to clients at Fort Hood and Joint Base San Antonio.  The firm’s military affairs and court-martial defense section represents military clients worldwide, and civilian criminal defense clients in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

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New Military Law Podcast: LEXLawRadio a Weekly Feature of Firm

Law Office of Will M. Helixon starts military law podcast on September 2, 2017.

Law Office of Will M. Helixon Launches Military Law Podcast

30-minute Weekly Show to Discuss Military Legal Issues

Kansas City, Missouri — The Law Office of Will M. Helixon announced the launch of a weekly military law podcast focusing on legal issues that face servicemembers, military lawyers and veterans. LEXLawRadio will begin airing on September 2, 2017, and can be downloaded from Apple iTunes and Android Market.  The thirty minute show will be hosted by the firm’s founder, Will M. Helixon, and his law partner, Jon M. Stanfield, with regular appearances by other members of the firm.

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Connie Fassler Joins Law Office of Will M. Helixon as Chief Paralegal

– Yesterday, after 28 years of service, Sergeant First Class Connie Fassler retired from the United States Army where she served as a paralegal and court-reporter.  That same day, Connie Fassler joined the Law Office of Will M. Helixon and will serve as the firm’s chief paralegal and law firm administrator. It is a great day for Connie, ending a brilliant military career and immediately transitioning to a growing law firm with a robust military law practice. Continue reading “Connie Fassler Joins Law Office of Will M. Helixon as Chief Paralegal”

MEB, PEB, IDES…and the Alphabet Soup of Medical Discharges (Part 1 of 4)

A view of the Naval Medical Center San Diego aka Bob Wilson Naval Hospital in the Balboa Park in San Diego.

What is the Medical Evaluation Board Process?

Formerly, the Services and the VA Considered Disability Separately

If you are confused with the acronyms IDES, MEB, PEB, DBQs, C&P Exams, VASRD, PEBLOs, MSCs NARSUMs, SMEBCs, and VARRs, you are not alone.  So what is an MEB anyway?   Colloquially, servicemembers refer to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) as an MEB.  That common name comes from the fact that the IDES system was formerly two different systems.  The Army/Navy/Air Force used one disability evaluation system and the Veterans Administration used a different system.  The Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) served, and continues to serve, as the military services’ evaluation system .  But now, the services and the VA work together; though sometimes they work together with the type of inter-service rivalries we know and love as servicemembers. Continue reading “MEB, PEB, IDES…and the Alphabet Soup of Medical Discharges (Part 1 of 4)”