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An empirical study of the management and oversight of medical services acquisition within the Department of Defense

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Authors
Stevens, Teresa A.
Angere, Ilze
Colter, Kathleen A.
Subjects
Medical Services Contracting
Acquisition Management
Lifecycle Management
Contractor Oversight
Advisors
Rendon, Rene G.
Apte, Uday M.
Date of Issue
2009-12
Date
December 2009
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The purpose of this MBA report is to determine how the Department of Defense (DoD) manages and oversees medical services acquisition. In April 2009, the Market Research Analyst reported that the DoD is set to spend $47 billion in healthcare in 2010. Our analysis delves into the medical services procurement practices as well as the surveillance and training measures for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. To accomplish this objective, an online pilot survey was developed to address the current state of medical services acquisition management. The pilot survey gathered empirical data from military organizations responsible for the management and oversight of Federal Service Code Q, medical services. The pilot survey was conducted from October 26 to November 6, 2009 and obtained an 85% response rate. The results show the Services all use personal and non-personal medical services contracts, and the majority of the contracts are fixed-price. Additionally, the majority of Medical Contracting Commands identified manning shortfalls, healthcare provider salary cap issues, and shortage of trained and experienced contracting personnel as challenges in contracting for medical services. The findings of this MBA report will support on-going research in the area of services acquisition management.
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MBA Professional Report
Department
Business Administration
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Format
xxii, 111 p.
28 cm.
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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