VA/DoD Medical Sharing Office
- VA/DoD Resource Sharing Agreements
- VA/DoD Joint Market Opportunities
- Joint Incentive Fund (JIF)
- TRICARE Liaisons
- Policy Analysis
The VA/DoD MSO serves to collaborate, facilitate, and sustain effective partnerships and mutually supportive relationships on all matters related to joint health care initiatives and activities between VHA and the Department of Defense (DoD), interacting principally with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and TRICARE Health Plan. The office serves as the primary VHA liaison for all VHA/DoD joint sharing initiatives. MSO provides senior-level leadership and direction for the support and accomplishment of all healthcare related VHA/DoD JSP goals, objectives, strategies/milestones, and performance measures encompassing the use of medical resource sharing agreements. Sharing agreements provide a written structure to exchange clinical and non-clinical resources between VA and DoD medical facilities, and are established to support increased patient access to medical services, promote improved efficiency by reducing duplication of services, and encourage the sharing of medical facility space. The MSO also has three VA liaisons co-located with the TRICARE Health Plan Offices: two in the East (Falls Church, Virginia) and one in the West (San Diego, California).
Functions and ActivitiesProvides policy guidance and oversight for sharing medical resources between VHA and DoD.
Evaluates opportunities for DoD/VHA sharing and tracks and assesses business metrics around sharing initiatives.
Serves as a bridge between VHA and DoD to improve communications and relationship management activities for DoD collaboration and sharing.
Joint development and oversight of a National VHA/DoD Resource Sharing Agreement for the sharing of healthcare resources.
VA’s TRICARE Liaisons engage in relationship management activities with DoD staff in the TRICARE Regional Offices by promoting DoD/VHA sharing, and act as points of contact for regional TRICARE issues, supporting VHA’s transition efforts for America’s Veterans and Servicemembers.
VA’s TRO Liaisons also enhance VA/DoD bi-directional communications through monthly training and on-line courses for VAMC and VISN staff on TRICARE referrals, authorizations and billing processes, and promote collaboration and sharing with DoD.
MSO ensures coordination of proposals submitted to the VA/DoD Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund (aka Joint Incentive Fund or JIF) Program; provides seed funds for innovative joint projects between VHA and DoD; makes project
Who Can I Contact For More Information?
Contact the OHA Action Group at: VHA10P5Action@va.gov