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VA/DoD Medical Sharing Office

Key Functions


The VA/DoD Medical Sharing Office (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 VA/TRICARE liaisons.

Functions and Activities

Health iconProvides policy guidance and oversight for sharing medical resources between VHA and DoD.

Health iconEvaluates opportunities for DoD/VHA sharing and tracks and assesses business metrics around sharing initiatives.

Health iconServes as a bridge between VHA and DoD to improve communications and relationship management activities for DoD collaboration and sharing.

Health iconJoint development and oversight of a National VHA/DoD Resource Sharing Agreement for the sharing of healthcare resources.

Health iconVA’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.
Health iconVA’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.

Health iconMSO 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 MSO Group at:

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VA/DoD Health Affairs
811 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20571