Responsibility for the management and administration of medical treatment facilities at a small set of sites in the southeastern United States will transfer from the military services to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) beginning Oct. 1 under the first phase of a three-year transition. Phase one includes the hospitals and clinics at Fort Bragg, N.C., Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., Keesler AFB, Miss., Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., and associated clinics, reports 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs.
DOD established the DHA in 2013 to assume management responsibility for numerous functions of the military health system. The fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill set Oct. 1, 2018, as the deadline for the new agency to be responsible for the administration of each treatment facility, covering budgetary matters, information technology, and health care administration and management. The FY 2019 defense authorization bill, however, moved the deadline back to Sept. 30, 2021. That legislation also prohibits DOD from closing any of its 680 hospital and clinics until the services have finished transferring them to DHA.
The individual services will retain responsibility for operational mission support and readiness at medical facilities following their transition to DHA. The new agency already manages Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Md., Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital, Va., and their associated clinics.
Army photo by Sgt. Micah Merrill