Congress called for changes in the Military Health System in the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2017, 2018 and 2019, which redefined the roles of the Military Departments and the Defense Health Agency, specifically with respect to administration and management of military hospitals and clinics. The law requires the Military Departments to transition administration of military hospitals and clinics to the Defense Health Agency not later than Sept. 30, 2021.
Simultaneously complementing this transition of Military Treatment Facilities, Navy Medicine is reorganizing its headquarters structure and establishing subordinate Readiness and Training Commands (NMRTCs). This transition began October 2018, with Naval Hospital Jacksonville and will occur over the next several years with a goal envisioned by Congress that the MHS will become more standardized and a more integrated system of healthcare services.
Recently, Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, The Navy Surgeon General, signed a memo re-assuring every Sailor, Marine, Soldier, Airman and their families that the transfer of administration and management of Navy military treatment facilities to the Defense Health Agency should be seamless. Patients should see no immediate impact on access to healthcare services and reaffirmed his commitment to provide the best care possible to those who defend our freedom and their families.