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Vijay D'Souza, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Improper payments associated with the military's TRICARE health system added up to about 0.3 percent of DoD's overall costs. Improper payments associated with Medicare were more than 10 percent of overall costs for the Health and Human Services Department. Vijay D'Souza is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TRICARE's low rate of improper payments might be too good to be true.

Tags: GAO , HHS , In Depth

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:47pm EST
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DoD: No more sequestration, yes to pension reform and BRAC in budget request

The White House defense budget request is $38 billion over the limits set by sequestration. In an attempt to balance the increased funding, the Pentagon is pursuing pay and benefits reform, and another round of BRAC.

Tags: budget , DoD , management , Mike McCord , Bob Work , QDR , workforce , pay and benefits , Sean McCalley

Monday - 02/02/2015, 05:54pm EST

Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , DoD , Congress , Alphonso Maldon , Bob Daigle , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Tags: Jared Serbu , management , pay and benefits , technology , Health IT , DoD , MHS , Defense Health Agency , Chuck Hagel

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department has an extra layer of healthcare coverage it doesn't need. DoD's Family Health Plan offers premium health benefits for employees that can't access a TRICARE facility. But the Government Accountability Office says most of the people enrolled in the Family Health Plan have access to a TRICARE facility. Debra Draper is Director of Health Care Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained where the FHP comes from, and why the Pentagon doesn't need it anymore.

Tags: Debra Draper , GAO , In Depth

Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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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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