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A Year in Military Health

The Military Health System (MHS) experienced many changes in 2017 as we move forward implementing changes implemented by the National Defense Authorization Act: 

  • Worked toward modernizing TRICARE to better serve its beneficiaries and respond to changes in law and policy
  • Remained on the cutting edge of medical research and development
  • Led innovation in trauma care, rehabilitation and prosthetics, and regenerative medicine
  • Raised public awareness about the health benefits of tobacco-free living, mental health resources for military members and the power of one person to recognize the warning signs of suicide and intervene to save another person's life. 

The Defense Health Agency also moved toward assuming responsibility for the management and administration of military treatment facilities.

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This December, we offer a look back at the highlights of 2017.

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Military Health System experts share advice on how to prevent, treat, and distinguish between these two viral illnesses

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TRICARE Philippine demonstration ends, new preferred-provider network begins

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A new year, a new you: Take command of your health

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The month of January provides a fresh opportunity to take command of your health and improve your physical and emotional health, job performance, and mission readiness. (Courtesy photo)

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Year in Review: Innovations aid warfighters, families

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MHS explores world-class solutions for beneficiaries

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2017 Year in Review: Places where Military Health System leaders, experts gathered

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Conferences offer opportunities to focus on the best health care for beneficiaries

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RHC-P reflects upon 2017 accomplishments

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2017 Year in Review: A look at inspiring individuals who help shape the MHS

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Your military family: The key to beating holiday blues

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Increases to TRICARE pharmacy copayments coming Feb. 1, 2018

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TRICARE changes and network providers

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Decisions, decisions: Experts aim for higher quality, safer care in building electronic health record

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