may prove useful to assess future collaborations between the DoD and the VA, whether these take the form of shared service arrangements, joint ventures, or partial or full mergers. The five major categories for consideration include (1) national and local context, (2) organizational capabilities and readiness, (3) implementation initiatives, (4) intermediate outcomes, and (5) long-term impact. A detailed description of the conceptualization of this framework is found in Appendix B. The lessons learned from the VA/DoD joint ventures reported at the annual joint venture conferences are summarized in Chapter 5, and short profiles of the joint ventures and their reported lessons learned are in Appendix C. The committee was also informed by a commissioned paper authored by Thomas D’Aunno on the experiences of joint ventures and private-sector health care mergers (Appendix D).

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