RADM Hunter Speaks at the Recent Medical Home Summit
Last week, RADM Christine Hunter addressed attendees of the Inaugural Tri-Service Medical Home Summit sponsored by the National Naval Medical
Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD.
Those present at the Summit included the NNMC’s Medical Home leadership team; representatives from the Navy, Army and Air Force; and guests from
the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Center for Naval Analyses, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
RADM Hunter’s presentation included highlights about the TRICARE program and its support for the 9.5 million beneficiaries who rely on TRICARE for
health care, dental and pharmacy benefits. RADM Hunter shared thoughts about the quadruple aim of health care delivery in the Military Health System. She spoke about how
the aims of quality of care, patient satisfaction and responsibly managing costs all support the aim of readiness. RADM Hunter briefly discussed the White House Health Insurance
Reform and how TRICARE already meets 7 of the 8 criteria set forth.
In keeping with the focus of the conference, RADM Hunter discussed the Medical Home Model, a health care approach with the patient at its center. The Medical Home
Model emphasizes the importance of improving health through better access to care, continuity of care, coordination of care, preventive care, case management for diseases, and
access to electronic health records. The Medical Home Model is also expected to strengthen a beneficiary's relationship with providers by focusing on the patient and family.
Stay tuned, RADM Hunter will soon speak about the Medical Home Model and her vision for TRICARE on the TRICARE Podcast.