The Defense Health Agency has begun taking over the responsibility for the management and administration of military treatment facilities previously run by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army.
USAF said Friday the transition efforts were mandated by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and part of the Military Health System consolidation initiative.
The service branch intends to provide direct support to DHA in managing day-to-day operations of military clinics and clinics during the transition process. DHA will receive the support until the agency demonstrates its capacity to solely oversee the facilities.
According to USAF, it expects the move to have a "minimal" impact on patients and health care providers.