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DOD Health Care: DOD Should Monitor Implementation of Its Clinical Practice Guidelines

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Through DODs TRICARE program, eligible beneficiaries may receive care from providers at MTFs or from civilian providers. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 required DOD to establish a program to develop, implement, update, and monitor clinical practice guidelines, which are evidence-based treatment recommendations to improve the consistency and quality of care delivered by MTF providers. The Act also included a provision for GAO to assess issues related to the military health system, including the process of ensuring that providers adhere to clinical practice guidelines, and to report annually for 4 years. This is GAOs fourth report based on the Act. This report describes 1 how the process for developing the guidelines considers the health care needs of the military and veteran populations, 2 how they are distributed by the military services to their providers and how providers access them, and 3 the extent to which DHA and the military services monitor MTF implementation of them, among other things. GAO reviewed relevant policies and guidance analyzed each of the 22 CPGs and interviewed officials with DOD, the military services, and VA.


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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]