• Legislation Would Protect Medical Facilities from Closure during Transition to New Agency

    Legislation Would Protect Medical Facilities from Closure during Transition to New Agency0

    The Defense Department would be barred from closing any of its 680 hospital and clinics until the military services have finished transferring them to the Defense Health Agency (DHA), under language in the portion of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill approved last week by the House Armed Services’ Military Personnel Subcommittee. The provision also

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  • Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities

    Lawmakers Review Need for Overhauling Medical Facilities0

    Military hospital commanders warned lawmakers on Wednesday against making drastic changes to a military health care system that allows a large degree of flexibility in training doctors and nurses. The witnesses acknowledged their hospitals could serve patients in a more timely manner, but said they are looking at innovative solutions to improve care, reported Military Times. “I would urge caution before we begin entertaining thoughts of changing the system. It works pretty well. Could it be better? Absolutely. Do we have to have better access? Absolutely,” said Army Col. Mike Place, commander of Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. …

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