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Availability of TRICARE Authorized and Network Providers in Remote Areas

Issue Number 517
Status Completed
Issue Title Availability of TRICARE Authorized and Network Providers in Remote Areas
Scope There is an inadequate number of TRICARE-authorized and network health providers in remote areas. Providers choose not to participate or leave the TRICARE program because reimbursements are lower than usual and customary rates for medical services. As a result, military families incur out-of-pocket expenses or non-availability of services.
Issue Recommendation Increase TRICARE reimbursements to competitive rates as an incentive to recruit and retain medical care providers in remote areas.
Military Component Active and Reserve Components
Demographic Group Family Members
Subject Area Medical
Geographic Area Remote
Entered AFAP Nov 2002
Final Action Date Jun 2010
Accomplishments Updated June 2010: TRICARE reimbursements are at the rate authorized by law. The Army will continue to work with TMA to use various incentives to encourage providers to join TRICARE. It is TMA’s position that the current waiver procedures work to ensure targeted access in rural areas lacking sufficient remote healthcare providers. TMA will not support de-linking TRICARE and Medicare reimbursement. TRICARE contractors update their web sites at least weekly with information and provider list changes.
Outstanding Requirement
Submitting Command US Army Training & Doctrine Command
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