Accession Number : ADA310679

Title :   Tricare Tidewater: An Analysis of Military Physician Satisfaction.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Rattelman, Cori R.

PDF Url : ADA310679

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : In October of 1992, the Tidewater area of Virginia was designated as a demonstration site for Tricare. The demonstration project makes fundamental changes in the financing and delivery of health care to military beneficiaries currently served by Naval Hospital, Portsmouth; McDonald Army Hospital, Pt. Eustis; and 1st Medical Group (TAC), Langley Air Force Base. Tricare Tidewater is a triservice managed-care initiative, designed to enhance military beneficiaries access to care, improve mechanisms for quality assurance, control rising costs, and increase coordination between military and civilian components of the Military Health Services Systems (MHSS). Although increasing physician satisfaction was not a direct goal of the program, many of the changes implemented may affect the way that military physicians practice medicine in the Tidewater region and their attitudes regarding their role in the MHSS. Certainly, any positive effects would be welcomed, but a decline in physician satisfaction could lead to lower retention rates for military physicians, as well as lower levels of physician performance, patient satisfaction, and quality of care. In this research memorandum, we measure the impact of the first two years of the Tricare program on physician satisfaction.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FACILITIES, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HOSPITALS, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), VIRGINIA, MILITARY PERSONNEL, DEMONSTRATIONS, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, COST ESTIMATES, COSTS, MEDICINE, LOW LEVEL, ACCESS, PARTS, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, QUALITY ASSURANCE, ARMY, PHYSICIANS, NAVAL SHORE FACILITIES, LOW RATE, PERSONNEL RETENTION, TIDEWATER.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE