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New era in military medicine takes hold

"For the first time, you have an operational level organization that can directly interface with all the services get their input, organize themselves, really solicit and collaborate with the services so we can build a better military health system," Major General Richard Thomas, chief medical officer and director of DHA Healthcare Operations, told Federal News Radio.

Tags: DHA , Agency of the Month , military medicine , DoD , Lauren Larson , TRICARE , health care

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 08:16am EDT

Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

Defense officials hope a new era in military medicine has arrived. The centerpiece is the seven-month-old Defense Health Agency. It replaced TRICARE Management Activity as part of efforts to streamline the delivery of medical services. Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas is the Chief Medical Officer and director of DHA's Operations Command. As part of Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month, he tells Coordinating Producer Lauren Larson how the agency is streamlining delivery and cutting healthcare costs.

Tags: Lauren Larson , Federal Drive , Agency of the Month , Defense Health Agency

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 09:31am EDT
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VA gets new tool to speed up claims processing, reduce backlog

DoD opens its electronic medical records to VA claims processors for the first time. The goal is to shave days or weeks from the time it takes VA to decide disability claims for recently separated service members. But the launch of the system has had a few bugs.

Tags: technology , health IT , information sharing , VA , Defense Health Agency , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Dave Bowen , AFGE , Gerald Manar , Veterans of Foreign Wars , Eric Jenkins , Lorraine Landfried , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/07/2014, 04:23am EST
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