Assuring Force Readiness and Beneficiary Health Through Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine in the Military Health System
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The evolution of the Military Health System MHS from a traditional model to a system of managed care precipitated a fundamental shift in the design and delivery of health care. These MHS changes mirror trends in the civilian sector orientation to prevention and health promotion a more quantitative approach to quality of care and a customer-focused approach. The MHS has always provided health promotion and preventive medicine HPPM services. In the current prevention-oriented system, however, HPPM becomes a focal point in the continuum of care by contributing to cost savings or cost avoidance in addition to providing high quality, customer-focused care tailored to the MHS population. This paper will propose the elements of a health system that delivers HPPM as a focal point, describe the transition of the MHS to a prevention approach, and discuss the work that needs to be done to achieve an accountable, comprehensive prevention- oriented system. The MHS has the opportunity to emerge as a model health care delivery system.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations