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Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

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DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for referral, evaluation, return to duty, separation, or retirement of Service members for disability

  • Identification #: DoDI 1332.18
  • Date: 11/10/2022
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: Warrior Care

Memorandum: Implementation of Public Health Reform of the Military Health System

Policy

This memorandum directs implementation of the Military Health System (MHS) organizational reform required by 10 U.S.C. § 1073c, as amended. Effective immediately, the Department is taking the next significant steps toward making the Defense Health Agency (DHA) responsible for the operations of Public Health Centers and public health programs, further integrating the public health capabilities of the Armed Forces.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 10/31/2022
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: N/A

TRICARE Retail Refund DOD Pricing Agreement

Policy

This agreement satisfies the requirement of TRICARE regulation (32 CFR 199.21(q)(2)(i)) for a manufacturer’s written agreement and for establishing refund procedures (32 CFR 199.21(q)(3)(i)).

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 10/24/2022
  • Type: Guidelines
  • Topics: N/A

Ensuring Access to Reproductive Health Care

Policy

Memorandum for Senior Pentagon Leadership, Commanders of the Combatant Commands and Defense Health Agency Field Directors about Ensuring Access to Reproductive Health Care after the Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 10/20/2022
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Women's Health

Message to the Force on Comprehensive Contraceptive Access

Policy

Memorandum for Senior Pentagon Leadership, Commanders of the Combatant Commands and Defense Health Agency Field Activity Directors about access to comprehensive contraceptive care.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 10/5/2022
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Women's Health

Outpatient Rates Memo

Policy
  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 8/23/2022
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: N/A

Consolidated Department of Defense Coronavirus Disease 2019 Force Health Protection Guidance

Policy

Consolidates and updates the Department’s guidance regarding vaccination verification, vaccination status, COVID-19 testing, surveillance and screening testing, personnel protection on-site mask requirements, (e.g., DHA military medical treatment facilities, meetings, travel), and the protection of personally identifiable information.

HITECH Act

Policy

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, abbreviated the HITECH Act, was enacted under Title XIII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

DOD Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund

Policy

This issuance establishes policy and assigns responsibilities pursuant to Chapter 56 of Title 10, United States Code, for the DoD Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund, referred to in this issuance as “the Fund.”

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 7/19/2022
  • Type: Directives
  • Topics: N/A

Individual Medical Readiness Program

Policy

This issuance: • Implements requirements in Sections 1074a, 10149, and 10206 of Title 10, United States Code. • Establishes policy, assigns responsibility, and provides procedures for individual medical readiness (IMR). • Establishes a total force medical readiness (TFMR) goal of 90 percent or higher for each Military Service and DOD Component. • Establishes a partially medically ready (PMR) goal of 15 percent or lower for the Active Component (AC) and 25 percent or lower for the Reserve Component (RC).

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 7/13/2022
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: N/A

Ensuring Access to Essential Women's Health Care for Service Members, Dependents, Beneficiaries and Department of Defense Civilian Employees

Policy

Memorandum for Senior Pentagon Leadership, Defense Health Agency and DOD Field Activity Directors about access for essential women's health care services.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 6/28/2022
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Women's Health

DHA-IPM 20-004: Department of Defense (DOD) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Implementation

Policy

Establishes the Defense Health Agency’s procedures to implement instructions, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the DHA’s implementation of the DOD’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Supplement 1 to Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases

Policy

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Policy

Policy

It is DHA policy to ensure that no applicant for employment or employee of the DHA is denied equal opportunity because of race; color; religion; sex, (including pregnancy, sex stereotyping, gender expression, gender identity, or transgender status); national origin; sexual orientation; age; physical/mental disability; protected genetic information; status as a parent; marital or military status; political affiliation; reprisal for opposing discrimination, participation in the EEO process, or any other non-merit-based factor.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 4/28/2022
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: N/A

Use of Dietary Supplements in the DOD

Policy

This issuance: • Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for dietary supplement education and use throughout the DOD. • Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for administering the DOD Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) Program and OPSS Advisory Board.

  • Identification #: N/A
  • Date: 3/9/2022
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: N/A
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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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