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Transition Timeline

The Military Health System began planning and implementing broad-scale health care reform initiatives in 2017 in response to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and additional guidance that followed in the NDAAs for fiscal years 2018-2020.

This timeline highlights key dates in the transition of military hospitals and clinics to the Defense Health Agency.

October 2018

The former ASD for Health Affairs, Mr. Tom McCaffery, and former DHA Director, VADM Raquel Bono welcome the first MTFs to transition to the Defense Health Agency.

On Oct. 1, 2018, all military hospitals and clinics began to follow DHA standardized policies, procedures, and clinical and business practices. The DHA officially assumed management and administration of a handful of military hospitals and clinics, in addition to their existing management of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital:

  • 81st Medical Group (Keesler Air Force Base)
  • 628th Medical Group (Joint Base Charleston)
  • Naval Hospital Jacksonville
  • 4th Medical Group (Seymour Johnson Air Force Base)
  • Womack Army Medical Center (Ft. Bragg)
  • 43rd Medical Group (Pope Field)

January 2020

By standardizing care and administrative functions within military medical facilities, DoD seeks to create a more medically ready force; one that provides safe, high-quality health care to service members, their families, and retirees and ensures the readiness of medical personnel who provide that care. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Sippel)

On Jan. 30, 2020, facilities in four regions within the United States became the first military medical markets aligned by geographic location. The markets include hospitals and clinics in the National Capital Region (Washington, D.C., southern Maryland, and northern Virginia), Jacksonville, Florida; the Mississippi coast (Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula); and Central North Carolina (Fayetteville).

September 2020

The transition to the TRICARE.mil domain incorporates new layouts and adds helpful features to enhance the user experience.

On Sept. 1, 2020 the Defense Health Agency launched 74 new military hospital and clinic Air Force websites – an important milestone in the effort to modernize the web presence of all military hospitals and clinics. Each website transitioned to the TRICARE domain to provide a standardized patient experience across the Military Health System. 

December 2020

The Defense Health Agency recently completed the migration of 140 military medical treatment facility websites, a key milestone in the transition of management and administration of the MTFs from the services to the DHA. (MHS graphic.)

On Dec. 20, 2020, the Defense Health Agency completed the migration of 140 military hospital and clinic websites to the TRICARE.mil domain, a key milestone in the transition of management and administration of the MTFs from the services to the DHA. The three-year project finalizes an effort to modernize the web presence of military hospitals and clinics worldwide and provide a standardized experience for patients throughout the Military Health System.

April 2021

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, left, and Navy Rear Adm. Darin Via, director of the Tidewater Market, and commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, unfurl the Defense Health Agency flag during a socially distanced establishment ceremony to mark the standup of the Tidewater Market, April 28, 2021. Tidewater Market is on the leading edge of the Military Health System’s historic change, following its certification by the Defense Health Agency on April 19, 2021 (Photo by: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Dowell, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic).

On April 19, 2021, the Tidewater Market became the fifth market to be established following a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tidewater Market serves 393,000 beneficiaries, and includes: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, McDonald Army Health Center at Fort Eustis, and U.S. Air Force Hospital at Langley Air Force Base.

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