Health & Safety

June 20, 2014

Official explains options for changing health care providers

Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here June 12.

In a Department of Defense News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their Families to know there are several easy options to find new health care providers at their new duty station ahead of time or after they arrive, following the April 1 closure of the TRICARE service centers.

“We have a lot of folks to make sure the health care is there with good support for beneficiaries,” Justis said. “When you’re [moving], there are a lot of changes going on and we want to make sure that it’s as easy as possible through the multiple safety nets that exist in both our military treatment facilities and in our network.”

A first step service members and Families should take is to update their information with their new address and duty station in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, also known as DEERS. Every beneficiary and service member is responsible for keeping their DEERS database information up-to-date, Justis pointed out.

“Once that’s done, if they’re in the middle of [moving] and haven’t thought about changing doctors or networks, the new management care support contractor will contact them,” she said.

Several options exist to help in changing health care providers, Justis said. A program called Moving Made Easy will walk beneficiaries through the process on TRICARE TV or as a webinar on the Military OneSource website, and TRICARE Web Resources on YouTube also offers valuable information, she added.

The Moving Made Easy initiative helps Families in the continental United States moving from one region to another, Justis said, adding that TRICARE is divided into three regions — north, south and west.

Another choice is to call. “If you’re moving, you can call either region and either contractor will assist you,” she said. “So, there really are a lot of opportunities.”

One thing people often don’t know is that they don’t have to disenroll from TRICARE or TRICARE Prime, Justis said. “They just need to call their regional office or management support care contractor and let them know they’re moving,” she added. “It’s a simple process. They’ll set beneficiaries up with a new primary care provider and take care of any special needs they may have in their new area.”

Transferring information for medication also is an easy process, she said. There is one national contractor in the retail network, and other options are mail order prescriptions and using pharmacies at military treatment facilities.

“All the military treatment facilities in our direct-care system work very actively to take care of their folks,” Justis said. “We work together from purchase care from the networks, and from the military treatment facilities to make sure there’s a good safety net for beneficiaries.”

TRICARE is reaching across the Military Health System to ensure ease of changing health care during a move, she added.

“We make it easy for folks to get to their providers, we make sure we have great quality in place in terms of the providers, programs and services and we take good care of those with special needs, whether it’s a child with autism or a physical challenge,” Justis said.

“If there are areas where beneficiaries need additional help,” she added, “they can reach out to their provider and let them know so they can help create that support system.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Army health leaders advocate for importance of nutrition

WASHINGTON — During National Nutrition Month in March, “we encourage each of you to renew a commitment to achieving your personal Performance Triad goals,” said Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” she said. The Performance Triad focuses on the importance of sleep, activity and nutrition...
 
 
food

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by making changes to your diet

David Verdun It is not only important to eat a nutritious and balanced meal, said an Army nutrition expert, it is also important to stay within one’s calorie limits. Eating breakfast in the morning can lead to more sensible c...
 
 
Natalie Lakosil

AUSA Army male Athlete of Year

Natalie Lakosil Maj. Brian Hayes, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, ran every day of calendar year 2014, totaling 2,000 miles over the 365 days. Maj. Brian Hayes, executive officer, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, h...
 

 
Courtesy photos

Avoid contact, report any unexploded ordnance findings

Courtesy photos This unexploded ordnance was discovered on Fort Huachuca’s Range 11 a little more than two weeks ago in an area where prescribed burning had taken place. When an unexploded WWII-era 60mm mortar was discovered ...
 
 

Firefighters busy this week with prescribed burn, wildfire

The Sierra Vista Ranger District in partnership with Fort Huachuca successfully conducted a prescribed burn in the grasslands below the Huachuca Mountains on the T3, Papa and Uniform North training areas on Monday. The burn was scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday but thanks to favorable weather, the entire areas were burned on Monday...
 
 

Measles, other illnesses — how facilities on post have taken precautions

Recent reports of measles cases popping up in California and other surrounding states have many concerned, especially for their children. With that in mind, Fort Huachuca’s Child, Youth and School Services (CYS) Programs have continued with their proactive approach to reduce the spread of communicable diseases, including measles, as much as possible. “The staff are...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin