Back to Top Skip to main content

McCaffery calls for military medical strategic framework for warfighting readiness

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery speaks on Thursday at the annual meeting of AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals. McCaffery announced to the nearly 2,000 conference attendees that he has asked the Military Health System's senior leadership to develop and codify a formal strategic framework to guide integrating and optimizing all MHS components to meet his vision. (MHS photo) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery speaks on Thursday at the annual meeting of AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals. McCaffery announced to the nearly 2,000 conference attendees that he has asked the Military Health System's senior leadership to develop and codify a formal strategic framework to guide integrating and optimizing all MHS components to meet his vision. (MHS photo)

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | MHS Transformation

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery today called on the Military Health System to continue to “adapt and evolve” to deliver on the system’s mission to prepare a military medical force needed to meet current and future operational requirements. Read the Honorable Thomas McCaffery’s full remarks.

Calling it his priority for the upcoming fiscal year, McCaffery has asked MHS senior leadership to develop and codify a formal strategic framework to guide the integration and optimization of all MHS components to meet his vision.

"We owe to all of you here, and all of your colleagues throughout the MHS, a framework we will use to analyze the demand for current and future operational medical force requirements, identify gaps and risks … and build a corresponding roadmap outlining how the MHS reform efforts can be further leveraged to optimize our mission," McCaffery said.

McCaffery made his announcement at the annual meeting of AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals, attended by nearly 2,000 military and federal medical professionals. MHS senior leadership is composed of the Army, Navy, and Air Force surgeons general as well as the Joint Staff surgeon; the Defense Health Agency director; and the president of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

"I am confident the framework will emphasize the new reality: the clear need for tight, supporting synchronization between the components, and expanding partnerships with external entities where advantageous and complementary."

McCaffery noted that "everyone with a role or stake in the MHS" is already engaged in significant change as a result of "truly historic transformation," including the merger of all military hospitals and clinics to the DHA by the end of 2022.

MHS operates 475 hospitals and clinics and 248 dental clinics around the world. A milestone was achieved on Oct. 25, when DHA assumed administration and management of all stateside MTFs.

Additional initiatives in the transformation include plans to realign approximately 18,000 positions from the uniformed medical forces to operational forces over the next five years, a review of medical facility infrastructure to optimize medical readiness, TRICARE reform including the next-generation contract with an emphasis on value-based care, and the continued rollout of MHS GENESIS, the standardized electronic health record.

Noting that change will continue, McCaffery said "just like the military as a whole will need to be dynamic to adapt to the ever-changing security environment, the MHS will need to continue to evolve and adapt" to meet the changing requirements of the combatant commands and the military departments.

McCaffery called MHS the “envy of the world” because it's achieved the highest battlefield survival rates in history, provides world-class health care for millions of beneficiaries, remains at the forefront of cutting-edge research and development, and has built a premier arsenal of military medical combat support capabilities.

But the new security landscape, coupled with the ever-changing health care landscape, presents new challenges to military medicine, McCaffery said.

"We must adapt and evolve if we are to successfully meet these challenges. If we do not, we risk ceding vital advantages to our adversaries, advantages that enable us to protect and care for our warfighters in combat and the patients we serve here at home," he said. "These are advantages built on generations of hard lessons and hard work."

McCaffery said that with change continuing, "one thing is clear: We, the senior leadership of the MHS, must continue to work together to shape our system to meet the challenges of the new environment.  We are the ones that are best positioned to shape that future, and we have a long-standing history of evolving and adapting" to meet the mission in changing times.

"And if we don’t shape our future," he added, "others will step in and do it for us."

McCaffery emphasized that reform is a time to make changes in organizing, managing, and resourcing the MHS to best meet the mission. The mission itself, though, will not change.

"We assure our military a uniformed medical force ready to provide care in any deployed environment, be it in combat or providing humanitarian assistance," he said. "We meet operational needs at anytime, anywhere. We ensure our service members are medically ready to carry out their duties anywhere around the globe and, importantly, we provide quality health care to service members, their families, and our retirees."

McCaffery outlined three priorities for the MHS:

  • Focus relentlessly on the medical readiness of combat forces, and the readiness of medical forces to support them. "We are talking about the entire force," McCaffery said, including trauma and general surgeons, nurses, emergency and primary care capabilities, and embedded medics."Our mission is to provide the team that is needed to support the warfighter before deployment, during deployment, and that when needed at point of injury, during casualty evacuation to resuscitative surgical teams and further en route care to definitive care."
  • Operate as a unified and integrated system that relies on each component's unique contributions to succeed.
  • Make decisions, establish systems, and operate programs with a patient-centered approach. "The patients we serve [are] the primary focus of our efforts," McCaffery said. "We should strive to make the MHS the first choice of our beneficiaries by providing easy access and continued high quality care they desire and deserve."

 

You also may be interested in...

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 12 - December 2020

Report
12/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 and comorbidities among Military Health System beneficiaries, 1 January 2020 through 30 September 2020; Characteristics of U.S. Army beneficiary cases of COVID-19 in Europe, 12 March 2020–17 April 2020; Air evacuation of service members for COVID-19 in U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command from 11 March 2020 through 30 September 2020; SARS-CoV-2 and influenza coinfection in a deployed military setting— Two case reports.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 11 - November 2020

Report
11/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Acute respiratory infections among active component service members who use combustible tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes/vaping products, U.S. Armed Forces, 2018–2019; Fibromyalgia: Prevalence and burden of disease among active component service members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2018; Update: Cold weather injuries, active and reserve components, U.S. Armed Forces, July 2015–June 2020.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 10 - October 2020

Report
10/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Characterizing the contribution of chronic pain diagnoses to the neurologic burden of disease, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2009–2018; Surveillance snapshot: Influenza immunization among U.S. Armed Forces healthcare workers, August 2015–April 2020; Acute and chronic pancreatitis, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2004–2018.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 9 - September 2020

Report
9/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Update: Routine screening for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus, civilian applicants for U.S. military service and U.S. Armed Forces, active and reserve components, January 2015–June 2020; Incidence of inguinal hernia and repair procedures and rate of subsequent pain diagnoses, active component service members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2010–2019; Surveillance of spotted fever rickettsioses at Army installations in the U.S. Central and Atlantic regions, 2012–2018.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 8 - August 2020

Report
8/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Commentary: The limited role of vaccines in the prevention of acute gastroenteritis; Diarrhea and associated illness characteristics and risk factors among British active duty service members at Askari Storm training exercise, Nanyuki, Kenya, January–June 2014; Surveillance snapshot: Norovirus outbreaks in military forces, 2015–2019; Update: Incidence of acute gastrointestinal infections and diarrhea, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2010–2019.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 7 - July 2020

Report
7/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Hearing conservation measures of effectiveness across the Department of Defense; Alcohol-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and co-occurring injuries, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2009–2018; Surveillance snapshot: Cervical cancer screening among U.S. military service women in the Millennium Cohort Study, 2003–2015; Epidemiology of functional neurological disorder, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2000–2018.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 6 - June 2020

Report
6/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Absolute and relative morbidity burdens attributable to various illnesses and injuries, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Hospitalizations, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Ambulatory visits, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Surveillance snapshot: Illness and injury burdens, reserve component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Letter to the editor: G6PD deficiency in the Tafenoquine era; Summary of the 2018–2019 influenza season among Department of Defense service members and other beneficiaries; Brief report: Direct care cost of heat illness to the Army, 2016–2018; Animal-related injuries in veterinary services personnel, U.S. Army, 2001–2018.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 5 - May 2020

Report
5/1/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Absolute and relative morbidity burdens attributable to various illnesses and injuries, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Hospitalizations, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Ambulatory visits, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Surveillance snapshot: Illness and injury burdens, reserve component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Surveillance snapshot: Illness and injury burdens, recruit trainees, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Medical evacuations out of the U.S. Central Command, active and reserve components, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Morbidity burdens attributable to various illnesses and injuries, deployed active and reserve component service members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Absolute and relative morbidity burdens attributable to various illnesses and injuries, non-service member beneficiaries of the Military Health System, 2019; Prevalence of selected underlying health conditions among active component Army service members with coronavirus disease 2019, 11 February–6 April 2020; Early use of ICD-10-CM code “U07.1, COVID-19” to identify 2019 novel coronavirus cases in Military Health System administrative data.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 4 - April 2020

Report
4/22/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Commentary: The Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Event Collaborative and the Fort Benning Heat Center; Update: Heat illness, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2019; Update: Exertional rhabdomyolysis, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2015–2019; Update: Exertional hyponatremia, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2004–2019

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 4 - APR 2020

Report
4/2/2020

As of 1 APR, 186,101 total confirmed COVID-19 cases (3,603 deaths) have been reported in all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Current hot spots include NY, NJ, LA, CA, GA, FL, SC, and Guam. Confirmed COVID-19 cases are rapidly accelerating in the U.S., an increase expected due to amplified testing capacity and ongoing community spread. As of 1 APR, CDC is reporting widespread transmission of COVID-19 in 25 (+12) U.S. states and Guam.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 27 No. 3 - March 2020

Report
3/30/2020

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Update: Sexually transmitted infections, active component, U.S. Armed Forces, 2011–2019; Incidence of sexually transmitted infections before and after insertion of an intrauterine device or contraceptive implant, active component service women, U.S. Armed Forces, 2014–2019; Blood lead level surveillance among pediatric beneficiaries in the Military Health System, 2010–2017

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Public Health

AF-H-633d MEDGRP-Langley – Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) Vol 1

Report
2/18/2020

The table below summarizes the findings and data informing the decision on the future of the Military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation | Military Hospitals and Clinics

45th Medical Group Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) Vol 2

Report
2/18/2020

The table below summarizes the findings and data informing the decision on the future of the Military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation | Military Hospitals and Clinics

45th Medical Group Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) Vol 1

Report
2/18/2020

The table below summarizes the findings and data informing the decision on the future of the Military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation | Military Hospitals and Clinics

2nd Medical Group Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) Vol 1

Report
2/18/2020

The table below summarizes the findings and data informing the decision on the future of the Military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation | Military Hospitals and Clinics
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 28

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.