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Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department's showing negative side effects from a rough transition to a new healthcare contractor in the western United States. Those side effects are because of a 21-billion dollar contract award to a healthcare administration company new to the TRICARE system. Debra Draper is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose that cost overruns and healthcare delays are cropping up because TRICARE management didn't pay close enough attention to the company's transition process.

Tags: DoD , GAO , Debra Draper

Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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DHA sets sights on big savings with joint-first strategy

The Defense Health Agency is predicting savings of over $2.4 billion in the next five years by reducing duplication between the services, Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, director of DHA, tells Agency of the Month Host Lauren Larson.

Tags: Douglas Robb , DHA , management , budget , health care , Agency of the Month , Lauren Larson , Military Enlisted Training Center , duplication

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 12:00pm EDT

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 , Richard Thomas , military medicine , DoD , Lauren Larson , health care

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

For health care savings, DoD pursues use of ‘incentives'

The Pentagon's current proposals for wringing savings out of its health care system involve additional fees for beneficiaries, but also try to induce them to use less-costly treatment options.

Tags: DoD , Congress , healthcare , Jonathan Woodson , Thomas Travis , Matthew Nathan , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Tags: pay and benefits , USPS , House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Jeffrey Williamson ,

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.

Tags: Robert Gates , DoD , budget , Quadrennial Defense Review , In Depth , benefits , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:39pm EST
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Pentagon seeks new out-of-pocket charges for TRICARE beneficiaries

Family members of active duty service members and military retirees would see new fees under the Defense Department's proposal to consolidate TRICARE plans, as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request sent to Congress Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , budget , pay and benefits , Mark Ramsay , Robert Hale , workforce , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 03:51am EST
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TRICARE ready to close 189 customer service centers April 1

TRICARE, the military family health care provider, is set to close 189 of its U.S. customer service centers. Customers will be able to access all of the same services online or by telephone.

Tags: Mary Kaye Justis , benefits , DoD , health care , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/21/2014, 04:51pm EST
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Pentagon's cost savings proposals lost to compromise of authorization bill

Congress is poised, for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, to miss its deadline to pass the one policy bill that's been considered "must-pass" legislation under administrations of both parties. But the measure's only chance of success also torpedoes Pentagon proposals for cutting DoD's internal cost growth. Military personnel would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year.

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , executive compensation , National Defense Authorization Act , Ray Mabus , Carl Levin , James Inhofe , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:02am EST
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DoD eases rules for health care approvals after contractor 'failure'

Citing unacceptable delays by its contractor, the Pentagon waives the requirement for preauthorization of specialty care for military members, families and retirees in TRICARE's western region.

Tags: DoD , health care , United Healthcare , Doug Lamborn , Jonathan Woodson , Jared Serbu , pay and benefits

Friday - 05/10/2013, 06:00am EDT
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