GovLaunch: DOD Outlines Plans to Establish New Health Agency

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    The Pentagon provided Congress with its plan to create a new Defense Health Agency on Friday, outlining plans to replace current TRICARE management activities.

    Nextgov reports that, in addition to administering the military health insurance plan, the new agency will:

    “assume responsibility for common clinical and business processes across the Military Health System, such as medical education for physicians, nurses, medics, pharmacists, medical logistics and health information technology.”

    ExecutiveGov reports that Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has already issued instructions for the creation of planning team, to be composed of members from each branch of the military.

    For more information, see the Nextgov and ExecutiveGov articles, or read the DoD report.

    What do you think? Is scrapping TRICARE altogether and creating a new agency the right move?

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