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Quality & Safety of Health Care (for Health Care Professionals)

The Health Systems Performance Branch (HSPB) within the Defense Health Agency integrates the Clinical Quality Program and the Patient Safety Program. Our goal is to promote improved quality and patient safety by engaging, educating and equipping patient care teams to ensure the deployment of and adherence to evidence-based safe practices and the use of relevant clinical performance indicators to eliminate preventable harm throughout the Military Health System (MHS). 

We support the military mission by integrating a systems approach to promoting a culture of transparency, collaboration and accountability across the MHS. These practices will increase the likelihood of desired patient outcomes, increase confidence in the MHS healthcare delivery and build organizational commitment to protect the health of the patients entrusted to our care.

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The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has recognized Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) as one of the first 25 hospitals verified through its inaugural Quality Verification Program (QVP). WRNMMC was the only Department of Defense facility achieving the ACS quality verification.

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The MHS hospitals were among 89 recognized facilities and 607 total military and civilian hospitals participating in the program.

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DoD Instruction 6200.05: Force Health Protection Quality Assurance (FHPQA) Program

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Ethical Guidelines and Practices for US Military Medical Professionals

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Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness Workgroup Update

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