The Office of VA/DoD Health Affairs (OHA) serves as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) lead in coordinating and facilitating collaboration activities and initiatives with the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Healthcare System (MHS).
OHA coordinates and provides policy guidance for programs as they relate to activities of the congressionally mandated VA/DoD Health Executive Committee (HEC) on behalf of the Under Secretary for Health (USH) who serves as the VA HEC Co-Chair in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of health services and resources across both Departments. The HEC is a subcommittee under the congressionally mandated VA/DoD Joint Executive Committee (JEC).
OHA provides national-level policy guidance and oversight for sharing of medical resources between VA and DoD, and manages the Joint Incentive Fund (JIF), which increases access to health care, improves quality and continuity of care, and drives cost savings for VA and DoD.
OHA provides enterprise-level guidance on DoD TRICARE with embedded VA staff at the East and West TRICARE Health Plan Offices to manage VA/DoD relationships, promote VA/DoD sharing, and serve as the primary VA point of contact for TRICARE issues.
OHA serves as the liaison to DoD’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) Office, which support National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers and their families before, during, and after deployments. OHA also coordinates the program line-up to support these deployment events at local area military installations to inform Veterans, service members, and their families about the care, benefits, and services to which they may be entitled.
OHA manages the military fellows program for VHA by providing a unique experience via exposure and access to a broad range of interagency health care programs that encourage strategic and critical thinking. The military fellows program include: Army War College, Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF), Air Force Surgeon General Fellowship, VISN 5 Fellowship, Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences Master’s Program, and Navy Patient Administration Duty Under Instruction Program (PAD-DUIN).
OHA provides leadership and oversight to the Federal Recovery Consultant Office (FRCO) formerly known as the Federal Recovery Coordination Program (FRCP) which provides enterprise-level longitudinal consultation services and assistance to VA and DoD Lead Coordinators (LCs), Care Management Teams (CMTs), and select Servicemembers, Veterans (SM/V), and their families.
OHA is organizationally aligned under the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services (10P) in the Office of the Under Secretary for Health within VHA.
The office consists of three staff offices:
- VA/DoD Coordination Office
- VA/DoD Medical Sharing Office
- Federal Recovery Consultant Office
Who Can I Contact For More Information?
Contact the OHA Action Group at: VHA10P5Action@va.gov