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Year in Review - A Look Forward

For the Military Health System, 2019 was a year of great change; implementation of the new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS, was unveiled in several locations; administration of military treatment facilities in the U.S. transferred from the Services to DHA; a new DHA Director assumed his new leadership position; MHS continued its leadership role in Global Health Engagement, and several other high-profile initiatives spurred the transformation of the Military Health System. 

In December 2019, MHS/DHA seeks not only look back at DHA’s momentous year of change, but also to look forward to 2020 and how these changes will lead MHS/DHA into the next decade.

Spotlight: Year of Military Health 2019

This December, we offer a look back at the highlights of 2019.

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DHA transition discussion hosted at Naval Hospital Bremerton

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12/12/2019
Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee E. Payne, Assistant Director for Combat Support Agency, Defense Health Agency explained to Naval Hospital Bremerton staff members during a Town Hall meeting there are four overlapping areas of focus for DHA which are great outcomes, ready medical force, satisfied patients, and fulfilled staff, all contributing to the goal of having a medically ready force and a ready medical force.

The most important outcome for us is a medically ready force

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Changes to military health care system aimed at readiness

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12/6/2019
Speaking before the House Armed Services subcommittee on personnel during a Dec. 5 hearing on Capitol Hill, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Thomas McCaffrey (left), Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place (second from left), director of the DHA, the service Surgeons General, and Joint Staff Surgeon outlined the necessity for the health care system to change in order to support warfighter readiness. (MHS photo)

Merger of all hospitals and clinics to DHA a key step

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Military hospital transformation – introducing the market construct

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12/5/2019
Barclay Butler, Ph.D., MBA, assistant director of management at DHA, explains the market concept to an audience of active-duty and civilian conference attendees at the 2019 AMSUS Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, Dec. 4. (Photo by MHS Communications)

Markets will manage hospital and clinic needs within a geographic region

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McCaffery calls for military medical strategic framework for warfighting readiness

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12/5/2019
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)

'New reality' includes tight synchronization, expanding partnerships

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NMCP hosts ‘The Future of Military Medicine’ discussion panel

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12/3/2019
Navy Capt. Joel Schofer, deputy chief of the Medical Corps at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, talks about the Defense Health Agency transition during Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Future of Military Medicine panel. The panel participants were (left to right) Schofer, deputy chief of the Medical Corps at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Capt. Lisa Mulligan, NMCP’s commanding officer and Capt. Guido Valdes, Navy Medicine East deputy commander (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Imani N. Daniels)

The readiness of the Navy Medicine team is paramount to combat survival in the future

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Tri-Service surgeons perform the first surgeries at new hospital

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12/3/2019
The Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons and physician assistant met with the hospital command team. (Left to right) Army Col. Alfonso Alarcon, orthopedic surgeon at BDAACH; Army Maj. Harry Aubin, general surgeon at BDAACH; Army Command Sgt. Maj. Nicole Haines, the hospital senior enlisted advisor; Air Force Capt. Christopher Ng, Air Force general surgeon with 51st MDG; Army Maj. Eric de la Cruz, chief of general surgery at BDAACH; Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Lewis and Lt. Cmdr. Dan Sanford, general surgeons with 3rd Medical Battalion; Army Maj. John Fletcher, general surgeon at BDAACH; Army Col. Andrew L. Landers, hospital commander, and Air Force Capt. Steven Maya, physician assistant with 51st MDG. (U.S. Army photo by Inkyeong Yun)

This event showcased the collaboration amongst the tri-service general surgeons

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World AIDS Day puts spotlight on landmark DoD study

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12/2/2019
Dr. John Mascola, director of the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center, discusses HIV vaccine progress at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Nov. 26, during a World AIDS Day commemoration.  (U.S. Army photo)

Vaccine study shows infection risk lowered by 31 percent, offering hope for future

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Lending a helping, healing hand

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11/20/2019
Navy Capt. Johannes Bailey, Naval Hospital Bremerton Director for Nursing Services (left) and Navy Lt. Kaitlyn Harmon, NHB Multi Service Unit (right), flank Army 1st Lt. Lauren Odegaard, from Madigan Army Medical Center, for a photo op after thanking her for her assistance. Odegaard provided assistance for the month of October in NHB's MSU to help with staffing shortages. (U.S. Navy photo by Douglas H. Stutz)

Army nurse supports Navy hospital

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Join Nov 21 TRICARE Webinar on Open Season

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Advising on defense health

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11/14/2019
Chris Gruber, the MHS GENESIS project officer for the Regional Health Command -- Pacific, offers a demonstration of the Department of Defense's new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS, to the Defense Health Board as they visit Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Nov. 5. (Photo Credit: John Wayne Liston (Madigan Army Medical Center) )

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Women in DHA create impact across the federal health community

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11/4/2019
Retired Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, former director of the Defense Health Agency, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from FedHealthIT during their Leading for Impact in Federal IT & Consulting, Women in Leadership Conference in Arlington, Va. (DHA Photo by Hannah Wagner)

FedHealthIT recognized two DHA leaders, past and present, for their government service during a ceremony in Arlington, Va.

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Air Force transitions all U.S. military treatment facilities to DHA administration, management

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10/31/2019
This October, U.S.-based Air Force military treatment facilities transferred administration and management to the Defense Health Agency. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

Congress directed this transfer in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

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DHA's management of hospitals and clinics 'all about the patient'

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10/29/2019
Great outcomes, a ready medical force, satisfied patients – all flow directly from a patient-centered approach. As DHA assumes responsibility for military health care facilities across the entire Department of Defense, we aim to operate each hospital and clinic so that it improves the lives and health of our patients. It’s more than a pledge – it’s our mission. (DoD photo)

Great outcomes, a ready medical force, satisfied patients

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Join TRICARE for Oct. 31 Q&A Facebook Event on Open Season

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10/28/2019
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2019 TRICARE Open Season, Federal Benefits Open Season starts soon

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10/24/2019
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