Back to Top Skip to main content

Army Medicine senior leaders meet to map out medical transformation

Key leaders at the Army Medicine Senior Leader Forum watch Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, Army Surgeon General, at podium during the Army Medicine Senior Leaders Forum on Jan. 28, 2020, to discuss issues related to the transformation of Army Medicine and how to manage the way ahead to ensure optimal medical readiness for soldiers and all military medical beneficiaries. Attendees include the Director of the Defense Health Agency, Army  Lt. Gen. Ronald Place (left foreground), and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Thomas McCaffery (center foreground). The forum was held at Fort Belvoir and involved about 350 leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Jenie Fisher) Key leaders at the Army Medicine Senior Leader Forum watch Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, Army Surgeon General, at podium during the Army Medicine Senior Leaders Forum on Jan. 28, 2020, to discuss issues related to the transformation of Army Medicine and how to manage the way ahead to ensure optimal medical readiness for soldiers and all military medical beneficiaries. Attendees include the Director of the Defense Health Agency, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place (left foreground), and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Thomas McCaffery (center foreground). The forum was held at Fort Belvoir and involved about 350 leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Jenie Fisher)

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

Senior leaders of the Army Medicine met on Jan. 28, 2020, to discuss issues related to the transformation of Army Medicine and the way ahead to ensure optimal medical readiness for soldiers and all military medical beneficiaries. The forum was held at Fort Belvoir and involved about 350 leaders.

The group was told they will play an important role in reshaping Army Medicine. Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, the U.S. Army Surgeon General, opened the session by stating the attendees were “an all-star lineup” and their role for the forum was to gain “a better understanding of the breadth and depth of change” that comes with the transition of Army Medicine.

Day one of the forum was dedicated to updates on the strategic environment and reports on the status of stakeholders such as the Reserves and National Guard. The morning also featured comments by the Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph M. Martin and the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Honorable Thomas McCaffery.

Martin, speaking via voice conference, said, “Your leadership is critical to the Army medical care enterprise.” Without the soldier he said, we could never be where we are. He reminded participants that the Chief of Staff of the Army James C. McConville’s highest priority is people, especially their health and wellness.

Martin mentioned a couple of his concerns. He asked participants to remember one consequence of downsizing medical treatment facilities is sending beneficiaries on the outside health care network, and they would then become dependent on the outside network’s capability. He also noted that military graduate education programs “must be the best” in order to compete for the best medical talent.

McCaffery reminded everyone that of 18 studies since World War II on the military health services, almost all recommended consolidating the three into a single health care organization to improve care and access for beneficiaries. A key goal was always less duplication and redundancy. Hey also stressed that maintaining a readiness-related caseload for physicians would lead to increased proficiency and solutions for health care.

Director of the Defense Health Agency, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place added comments on understanding the culture of other services medical departments. The cultures are different, he said, and understanding the other culture of other services will make it easier to work together.

Army Brig. Gen. Jill Faris provided an update on major issues regarding Army medical reform. The big issues have been the transition of medical treatment facilities to the Defense Health Agency and continued implementation of the electronic heath record. Transfer of civilian positions is ongoing, although all existing civilian employees scheduled to transfer are expected to be moved under DHA without issue.

Updates that reflected changes related to ongoing medical transition were heard from commanders at the Medical Center of Excellence (Training and Doctrine Command), FORSCOM Surgeons Office (Forces Command), Medical Research and Development Command (Futures Command), Army Medical Command, Defender 20, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.

“Things are changing at the speed of relevance,” said Dingle, setting the tone for the day. “As leaders it is imperative that we understand the changes that are going on, and that we are also responsive to these changes, because if you are not responsive to the changes you lose the relevance. And so, fasten your seat belts, batten down the hatches, be ready to make these supersonic speed changes.”

Disclaimer: Re-published content may be edited for length and clarity. Read original post.

You also may be interested in...

DHA Director outlines how MHS standardization bolsters reform

Article
10/15/2020
Two soldiers in masks, talking

How COVID-19 repositioned the best laid plans of the DoD.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Joint Health Information Exchange | MHS GENESIS | MHS Transformation

Defense Health Agency celebrates seven years of service

Article
10/1/2020
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place holding a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

Seven ways DHA has improved military readiness over the years.

Recommended Content:

Defense Health Agency | Coronavirus | MHS Transformation | Technology | Global Health Engagement | TRICARE Health Program | Total Force Fitness

DHA Launches New Air Force Military Hospital and Clinic Websites

Article
9/1/2020
Two hands holding a tablet, which displays a new TRICARE MTF website, against a background of a wooden table.

The website enhancement is part of the transition of administrative oversight of MTFs to the DHA under the 2017 NDAA.

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

Alignment of Hospitals and Clinics by Market Type

Publication
7/28/2020

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

Market Construct

Publication
7/28/2020

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

Pilot Program on Display of Wait Times in Urgent Care Clinics

Congressional Testimony
4/13/2020

S. 2943, NDAA Conference and Pharmacies of Military Medical Treatment Facilities Report for FY 2017, Sec. 744(f)

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

Transition of Military Medical Treatment Facilities from Military Departments to the Defense Health Agency during the COVID-19 Response

Publication
4/2/2020

The Department's MTF transition plan is conditions-based. While the transition of MTFs to DHA is continuing, the COVID-19 response requirements are impacting DHA's ability to meet all required conditions. The need for the DHA and MILDEPs to refocus efforts away from the transition to support the COVID-19 response led to questions regarding the future of MTF Transition.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | MHS Transformation

McCaffery offers MHS view with Blue Star Families panel

Article
2/28/2020
Thomas McCaffery (center) participated in the Blue Star Families Panel at American Red Cross National Headquarters Feb. 26. He is seen here with Amy Goyer (left), family and caregiving expert at AARP, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Patty Horoho (right), CEO of OptumServe. The panel discussed timely, quality health care for service members and their families. (Photo by MHS Communications)

The Honorable Thomas McCaffery participated in the Blue Star Families panel to discuss MHS transformation for families

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | MHS Transformation | MHS GENESIS | Mental Health Care

DHA Director discusses vision for future

Article
2/25/2020
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency, visits with the staff of the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic in Germany.  Since becoming DHA Director, Lt. Gen. Place has focused on creating great outcomes for the beneficiaries who rely on the Military Health System for their health care.

DHA is providing a more integrated system of readiness and health

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation | Military Hospitals and Clinics

MHS Minute February 2020

Video
2/25/2020
MHS Minute February 2020

Thanks for tuning in to the MHS Minute! This month, we highlight a historical moment in #MilitaryHealth history, as Defense Health Agency (DHA) established the first four health care markets in the military medical enterprise. We also take a look at the Military Health System (MHS) response to Novel Coronavirus -- learn more about what Madigan Army Medical Center is doing to combat the threat of illness by going to mamc.health.mil.

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation | TRICARE Health Program | Coronavirus

Department Of Defense Health Affairs Media Roundtable Announcement of NDAA 2017, Section 703(d) Report to Congress

Congressional Testimony
2/19/2020

Thomas McCaffery, Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Health Affairs; Dr. David Smith, Reform Leader For Health Care Management; and Lieutenant General Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency, participated in a Health Affairs Media Roundtable following the announcement that the NDAA 2017, Section 703(d) Report was submitted to Congress.

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | MHS Transformation

Careful, deliberate changes ahead for select MTFs

Article
2/19/2020
The Department of Defense today announced plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics to better support wartime readiness of military personnel and to improve clinical training for medical forces who deploy in support of combat operations around the world. Of the 343 facilities in the United States initially screened for this report, 77 were selected for additional assessment, with 21 identified for no changes. (DoD file photo)

The DoD’s top health official shared plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics, emphasizing changes will prioritize the warfighter and force readiness

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

McCaffery announces upcoming changes to military hospitals, clinics

Article
2/19/2020
The Honorable Tom McCaffery, DoD's assistant secretary of defense for health affairs emphasized DoD's priority is to focus on wartime readiness while ensuring continued beneficiary access to quality health care. (DoD photo)

McCaffery emphasized DoD's priority is to focus on wartime readiness while ensuring continued beneficiary access to quality health care

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

DoD to restructure 50 hospitals, clinics to improve readiness

Article
2/19/2020
The Department of Defense today announced plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics to better support wartime readiness of military personnel and to improve clinical training for medical forces who deploy in support of combat operations around the world. (DoD file photo)

The restructuring effort focused on strengthening the prime responsibility of military medical facilities for training medical personnel

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation

NDAA Section 703 Report to Congress

Congressional Testimony
2/18/2020

This report provides the Department's recommendations for changes in military treatment facilities to meet the criteria established in 10 U.S.C. § 1073d

Recommended Content:

MHS Transformation | Military Hospitals and Clinics
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 11

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.