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Military Health System's Guide to Access Success


This document establishes roles, responsibilities, definitions and guidance for implementing, sustaining and managing military treatment facility (MTF) Access to Care (ATC) in the Military Health System (MHS).

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Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics

TRICARE Operation Fraud Watch Tough On Health Care Abuse


The Department of Defense is proud of its success tracking down and prosecuting health care providers who commit fraud and abuse within the Military Health System and TRICARE.

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Program Integrity | Fraud Alerts

Memorandum of Understanding DOD NOAA PHS


The purpose of this MOU is to document the broad understanding between the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps regarding participation in TRICARE, the DoD ...

TRICARE Pharmacy Operations (July 2005)


The military health system (MHS) offers its beneficiaries several options that completely or partly cover the cost of drugs.

Guide for DoD Researchers on Using MHS Data


This document is a guide for Department of Defense (DoD) researchers who plan to request Military Health System (MHS) data for research purposes, in particular, for database research.

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Research Regulatory Oversight Office

Information Paper: Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Information Exchange


Through partnership with the eHealth Exchange, the Military Health System (MHS) Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health Information Exchange (HIE) joined national efforts to securely share MHS beneficiary health care information electronically with other federal and private sector partners from which MHS patients may receive health care.

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Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health Information Exchange Initiative

Safety evaluation of adenovirus type 4 and type 7 vaccine live, oral in military recruits


This study retrospectively evaluated possible adverse events related to adenovirus vaccination using data from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS) database.

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Adenovirus | Vaccine Safety/Adverse Events

Anti-Fraud Program and Audit Standardization Template


Military treatment facilities must standardize their implementation of an Anti-Fraud Program to ensure uniformity across the Military Health System (MHS). This template provides guidance for implementing an MTF anti-fraud program.

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Program Integrity

Abstracts for Defense Health Agency 2017 Military Health System Awards


Abstracts for Defense Health Agency 2017 Military Health System Awards 2017

Overweight Children in the Military Health System


In recent years, pediatricians have raised the alarm that a “pandemic” of childhood obesity is affecting American youth.

Appendicitis and Appendectomy


This case definition was developed by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) for the purpose of epidemiological surveillance of appendicitis and appendectomies among the active and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces.1 The burden of appendicitis on the Military Health System is significant. Between 2002 and 2011 there were 31,610 ...

Referrals to Specialists (September 2015)


Using data from the 2015 Health Care Survey of Department of Defense Beneficiaries (HCSDB), this issue brief investigates patients’ experiences selecting specialists, obtaining referrals, and coordinating with PCMs 12 months prior to the survey (per Consumer Assessment of Health Plans and Systems—CAHPS, protocol). The analysis is limited to MHS ...

Factitious disorders


Factitious disorders (e.g., Munchausen syndrome, hospital addiction syndrome, Ganser’s syndrome) are classified as mental health disorders. Individuals with these disorders intentionally produce or feign physical signs and symptoms. Their behavior is motivated by their desire to assume “sick roles” (e.g., hospitalization, medical evaluation, and ...

Traumatic Brain Injury


A case definition for TBI was originally developed in August 2008 by policy makers and medical experts from all Services and from several DoD and Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) monitors the TBI definition for the military health system (MHS) and, together with the above agencies, has ...

Tendon Rupture


Tendon ruptures are tears in the fibrous tissue that attaches muscle to bone. Studies have shown that spontaneous tendon ruptures have a disproportionately large impact on military operational effectiveness and the Military Health System.

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