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What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) and the military services have collected statutorily required suicide data for servicemembers and dependents, including those assigned to remote installations outside the contiguous United States (OCONUS).
What GAO Found The Department of Defense's (DOD) suicide prevention and response efforts have faced challenges, according to GAO's preliminary analysis. These include assessing suicide risk at remote installations outside the contiguous U.S.
What GAO Found Under the TRICARE health plan—administered by the Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Health Agency (DHA)—eligible beneficiaries who are not on active duty may have other health insurance (OHI) in addition to their TRICARE coverage.
What GAO Found Starting in May 2020, federal efforts to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines had been led by a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD).
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) made progress toward implementing its new electronic health record system, MHS GENESIS. DOD deployed the new system to sites in six of 24 planned deployment phases (i.e., waves), which included about 41,600 users (see figure).
What GAO Found The military departments have not fully defined, tracked, and assessed wartime medical skills for enlisted medical personnel. The departments have defined these skills for 73 of 77 occupations.
What GAO Found Since January 2020, the Department of Defense (DOD) has developed a strategy to protect the health of military servicemembers from COVID-19, with a goal of minimizing risks while continuing operations.
What GAO Found As of October 2020, the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) had jointly developed 22 clinical practice guidelines (VA/DOD CPG) that address specific health conditions, including those related to chronic diseases, mental health issues, pain management, and rehabilitation....