Active-duty personnel stationed in Meridian must complete a check-in at Medical Records. Prime enrollment for all other TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries and general TRICARE information is available by calling 800-444-5445 or via the web at www.humanamilitary.com. TRICARE Prime patients must obtain a referral from their PCM prior to services to see anyone other than their PCM.
Authorized persons should present their military ID for services. If you have a medical emergency that does not allow time to get a prior authorization, seek medical care immediately and get authorization from your PCM within 24 to 48 hours. TRICARE Select patients should present their military ID card for direct billing to TRICARE for office visits and outpatient services, with the exception of services that require “prior authorization,” such as cosmetic surgery, non-emergent inpatient admission, etc. These will require prior authorization from your provider. If your provider has questions or is unsure if services provided need prior authorization for a TRICARE Select beneficiary, please have them access the provider website to verify authorization requirements. A beneficiary may be asked to pay a percentage prior to receiving care. Active-duty service members who are directed to a local medical facility should present their military ID card as an insurance card.
In the event healthcare is needed after normal clinic hours, TRICARE beneficiaries in the Meridian area have several options to choose from.
TRICARE also provides access to a nurse 24/7 through the Nurse Advise Line. TRICARE beneficiaries can call the NAL at 800-874-2273, option 1, to speak with a registered nurse who is available to answer a variety of healthcare questions. The nurse can assist with deciding if a visit to an Emergency Room or after-hours clinic (for non-emergent visits) is necessary, or if an appointment with your Primary Care Manager would be more appropriate. Additionally, the NAL nurse can schedule appointments with your PCM at NBHC Meridian.
Remember to follow up with NBHC Meridian the following work day to make sure a referral was placed for any afterhours visits to avoid being charged for the visit. A list of the available after hours clinics are as follows:
Family Medical Clinic
1500 Highway 19 N
Meridian, MS 39307
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Adults any age; walk-ins welcome
Immediate Care Family Clinic
1710 14th St.
Meridian, MS 39301
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Walk-ins; ages 2 and up
Family Medical Clinic Pediatrics
1500 Highway 19 N
Meridian, MS 39307
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday
6 months and older; call for appointment
No walk-ins accepted
Central Mississippi Family Health Clinic
905C S. Frontage Road
Meridian, MS 39307
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Walk-ins accepted; any age
Family Practice Department
Rush Medical Group
1800 12th St.
Meridian, MS 39301
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Friday; walk-in only
Walk-ins must be before 3:30 p.m. 18 years and older
Some age restrictions according to provider on staff; therefore, please call first for age specifics.
Urgent Care Centers
Neshoba Urgent Care Clinic
Distance: 63 miles
1120 Main St.
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday
The Dental Department, a modern facility within the Naval Branch Health Clinic, provides exams, oral diagnoses and restorative dentistry for active-duty military personnel.
Dental treatment for family members of active-duty military personnel is limited to overseas screenings and emergency care, on a space-available basis only. Family members of active-duty personnel are highly encouraged to enroll in the Family Member Dental Plan. Active-duty personnel may report to the Dental Department 7 to 8:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. The dental clinic does not operate on weekends or holidays. Appointments for routine care can be made by calling 601-679-2383.
All medical emergencies that happen on board NAS Meridian will result in the patient’s immediate transport to a local emergency room in Meridian. A medical emergency is defined as “a sudden medical condition endangering life, limb or eyesight.” For off-base and civilian ambulance services, call 911 from any telephone with off-base access.
Acute Care Clinic
The ACC is not an emergency room. The primary responsibility of the ACC is the care and treatment of urgent medical needs, regardless of beneficiary status. An urgent medical need refers to a medical condition that although it is not life-threatening, it is serious enough that any delay in treatment could result in a medical emergency.
Laboratory and Radiology
Most basic diagnostic laboratory tests and radiographic examinations ordered by military physicians can be performed in the branch health clinic. If you wish to request your recent lab or X-ray results, please call our front desk at 601-679-2210 and the receptionist will leave a message for your PCM. You may also access your results by registering at www.RelayHealth.com or www.TRICAREonline.com. Please allow one week for processing.
A medical record is maintained on each eligible member of the Military Health System and may not be altered, added to or disposed of, except by government employees in the course of their duties. Outpatient records are the property of the federal government, and as such, will be maintained at the responsible military treatment facility assigned to the sponsor’s unit.
Medical records maintained by a branch health clinic will not be kept in the possession of the patient. It is extremely important to observe this requirement as critical medical information may not otherwise make it to the medical record. This can severely impact the health care plan determined by the medical provider and delay medical treatment. Personnel having an appointment at another medical facility are encouraged to obtain their record on the working day prior to the appointment. Records must be returned promptly after the appointment.
If you wish to request a copy of your outpatient medical record, call the Medical Records Department at 601-679-2205. For active-duty members who are separating or retiring from military service, allow at least two weeks from your date of request before you come to the clinic to pick up your copies.
The psychologist at NBHC Meridian is specifically trained in the behavioral management of health problems as part of the Medical Home Port. The psychologist offers assistance when habits, behaviors, stress, worry or emotional concerns about physical or other life problems are interfering with someone’s daily life or overall health. You can either self-refer or see your PCM for assistance.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Care
PAP smears, birth control counseling and routine pelvic examinations are conducted on an appointment basis. Pregnancy testing is part of our routine laboratory service. Appointments may be arranged by calling 601-679-2210.
Uncomplicated pregnancies will be referred to local OB-GYN clinics. Once care is established with a provider, the OB provider will care for all needs throughout pregnancy and until released post-partum; once released from their care you will return to the branch health clinic for your primary care needs.
The Optometry Department is a specialty service primarily for active-duty and TRICARE Prime patients; however, there is space available for other beneficiaries. The clinic provides full-scope optometric care. Appointments may be arranged by calling 877-879-1621.
The pharmacy accepts written prescriptions for medications listed on our formulary. Most non-controlled, chronic medications may be dispensed for up to a 90-day supply with three refills. Some exceptions do apply. Limitations are placed on the dispensing of controlled and narcotic medications.
All refills are processed by the pharmacy at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida. Refills may be requested by calling toll free 888-513-4164 to connect to the automated refill system at Naval Hospital Pensacola. If you experience any issues, please call the health clinic pharmacy at 601-679-2243.
Refills are processed in five working days and shipped via FedEx to the branch health clinic. Refills are held up to 10 days before being returned to stock.
Pharmacy hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All written prescriptions submitted after 11:30 a.m. Friday will be ready for pick-up the following Monday. Pharmacy wait times are extremely sensitive and are determined by the number of prescriptions presented from both civilian and military providers.
Pharmacies (TRICARE Network Approved)
Wal-Mart (Bonita Lakes) 601-485-2218
Wal-Mart (Highway 19) 601-482-3170
Winn-Dixie (Highway 39) 601-485-0808
CVS (North Hills Street) 601-482-3141
Immunizations are provided on a walk-in basis 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 601-679-2232 for additional information.