New TRICARE Laws and Contracts to Drive “Historic” Reforms

Military health care is eight months from rolling out “historic” reforms to improve patient access and quality of care; to streamline health operations across Army, Navy and Air Force; and to better integrate that direct care system with networks of private-sector providers supporting TRICARE insurance beneficiaries, said Vice Admiral Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA). DHA is responsible for implementing the changes while following through on many previous reforms set in motion for modernizing the military health care system.

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Defense Health Agency Improving Health Info/Management Systems

The Director of the Defense Health Agency says information technology will play a critical role in the continuing process of making the Military Health System a high-reliability organization by providing a platform to track the vital data needed to make solid decisions.  Not only will health care professionals be able to access and draw on the data, but patients will have equal access to that so they can be full participants in their own health care journey.

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The Importance of Family Medical History

A recent Military Health System/Defense Health Agency article emphasizes the importance of family medical history.  A medical history about a patient’s family members, primarily parents and siblings, can offer insight into potential health issues.  The history can indicate genetic predisposition to possible ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and colon and other cancers. The information also alerts doctors to rarer disorders which may run in the family.  Doctors gain valuable insight from such information and it can help them decide if certain tests are necessary …

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Defense Health Agency Achievements

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) had a busy year in 2015. Reaching full operating capability, changing leadership, welcoming new organizations, and ensuring beneficiaries have the medicines and care they need.

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DoD Helps Protect Beneficiaries from Deceptive Pharmacy Practices

In the face of recent practices of some compounding pharmacies targeting TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency is taking aggressive action to help TRICARE beneficiaries. According to one spokesman: “Compounding pharmacies definitely have a role in medical care — a very important role”. But a phenomenon that’s arisen recently involves compounding pharmacies “that are charging unsupportable costs for some of these products, and expanding into areas where there is not good evidence to support the products’ safety,” he added.

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TRICARE Beneficiaries Being Targeted by Call Centers

The Defense Health Agency has received a significant number of concerns from TRICARE beneficiaries regarding unsolicited attempts by “Call Centers” to encourage them to provide personal identifying information and health information so that they can allegedly be provided prescribed cream medications.  TRICARE and its contractors never call and ask for personal identifying information or health information. Beneficiaries should be wary of unsolicited attempts by any entity asking them for such info.

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Email Alert – 19 MAR 2014: Consolidated TRICARE: Higher Fees, More Freedom

TOM PHILPOTT | Mar 13, 2014 – Military.com

TRICARE Prime, the military’s managed care option for 5.5 million beneficiaries who enroll for a modest fee to be guaranteed timely access to primary care, would cease to exist within a few years under the “Consolidated TRICARE” plan proposed in the fiscal 2015 defense budget.

Networks of care providers, built for Prime, would not go away and neither would their military patients, say architects of the plan.  Instead, patients and providers would see the TRICARE program transformed into a preferred provider network with higher …

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