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ALAMO CHAPTER CHAPTER - Nov 16, 2017

Defense Health Agency Executive Speaks to Chapter

In November, Dr. Barclay Butler, component acquisition executive, Defense Health Agency (DHA), J-4, provided an overview of DHA and its acquisition and support functions-a snapshot of a dynamic and engaged organization building a department that is focused on complying with the National Defense Authorization Act 2017. Based on Congress' Confidence Report, the agency has been charged to work on eliminating redundancy, generating efficiency, yielding monetary savings and improving the experience of care for beneficiaries. All of these will equate to a streamlined military health system management structure. Dr. Butler outlined mission essential tasks such as managing acquisition of capabilities, procuring products and services, developing the acquisition work force and managing allied agreements. Additionally, he demonstrated how the DHA Strategy Map has evolved from August 2016, with three defined ends, to now having four. They are workforce: empower and care for our people; military services: optimize operations across the military health system; patients: co-create optimal outcomes for health, well-being and readiness; and combatant commands: deliver solutions to combatant commands. Dr. Barclay also discussed some of the challenges involved in the broadening of responsibilities. Specifically he touched on boundaries between the Services and Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and who would have the leadership roles in what he referred to as the market area. Furthermore, he expanded his discussion to the approaches to which the acquisition/procurement activities would occur for MTFs. Whether market or regionally driven, Dr. Butler emphasized the decision would be focused to ensure it was responsive to market changes and variations.

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Dr. Barclay Butler, component acquisition executive, Defense Health Agency, discusses military health system plans during the chapter event in November.
Dr. Barclay Butler, component acquisition executive, Defense Health Agency, discusses military health system plans during the chapter event in November.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Szu-Moy Toves
866-445-9114

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