Last week, I wrote an article discussing Tricare and their policy regarding physical therapist assistants and occupational therapy assistants treating their beneficiaries. This is a must read article if you treat Tricare beneficiaries, whether the insurance is primary or secondary.
After publication of this article, I received many emails asking if TriWest is the same as Tricare and does TriWest follow the same policies as Tricare. This week, I will discuss TriWest, what’s the difference between TriWest and Tricare and does TriWest follow the same policies as Tricare for physical and occupational therapy services.
Tricare is a health benefit program for all seven uniformed services: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Tricare eligible persons include, but are not limited to:
- Active duty service members
- Spouses and unmarried children of active duty service members
- Uniformed service retirees, their spouses, and unmarried children
- Medal of Honor (MOH) recipients and/or their families.
To see the complete list, click HERE.
TriWest used to administer the Tricare program; however, no longer does so. TriWest, per their website, now serves our nation’s Veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) Program. This program is designed to provide
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