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"On October 1, 2013, the Department of Defense established the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to manage the activities of the Military Health System. These activities include those previously managed by TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), which was disestablished on the same date. During the next several months, all TMA websites will change to reflect the new DHA. We appreciate your patience during this transition."

Stories from the Field

Stories from the Field
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.