By Dr. Valecia L. DunbarMay 5, 2014
Army Medical Command's (MEDCOM's) Integrated Resourcing & Incentive System (IRIS) Development Team is the winner of the FY13 Outstanding Resource Management Team Award (Above ACOM) presented by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) or ASA(FM&C). The award recognizes the exemplary efforts of MEDCOM's Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Resource Management /G8, for their multidisciplinary team effort resulting in an integrated resourcing system to support Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) cost management while maximizing the value of patient care services.
IRIS is MEDCOM Resource Management Directorate's answer to the Army surgeon general's call for an enterprise funding methodology that would support the vision to achieve a System for Health by aligning efforts while meeting the expectations of stakeholders. The IRIS funding model is designed to distribute over $6.3 billion in Defense Health Program funding, while taking into account mission variability and accomplishments at the MTF level.
A significant achievement of IRIS is the flexibility it gives commanders to manage mission change.
"We are extremely proud of our team and what they have accomplished over the past year," said Col. David Dunning, health services comptroller consultant to the surgeon general, G8/ADCS Resource Management Directorate. "For the first time ever, the MEDCOM was able to distribute budget guidance and targets ahead of the start of the new fiscal year which allowed us to maintain prudent financial risk management at the MEDCOM level, while still providing a stable environment to the Regional Medical Commands and Medical Treatment Facilities."
The annual Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) ASA(FM&C) Resource Management Awards Program recognizes and encourages outstanding performance of individuals, teams, and organizations at all command levels. It complements installation, major command, and field agency recognition programs by focusing attention on the most deserving and commendable individuals, teams, and organizations that make significant contributions to the improvement of resource management.
In addition to the team award, individual MEDCOM winners of the FY13 Financial Management Award are:
• Isabelle Matthews, (SRMC) - ASA (FM&C) Civilian Capstone Award
• Isabelle Matthews, (SRMC) - Budgeting (Civilian category/Below ACOM)
• Maj. Jarrod McGee, (ERMC Bavaria) - Resource Management (Military category/Below ACOM)
• Victor Stansberry, (RM Finance & Accounting Division) -- Auditing (Civilian category/Above ACOM)
Additionally, Michael Johnson (RM Finance & Accounting Division) received the "Meritorious Award" from the National American Society of Military Comptrollers Awards Program in the Financial Systems Category.
Col. Dunning acknowledged that during this time of transformation from a healthcare system to a System for Health, theserecognitions highlight the exemplary efforts of MEDCOM team members who continue to push the effort to move the U.S. Army MEDCOM another step closer to full implementation of the Operating Company Model.