Military Health System has recently announced that the 2017 regional contracts of the Managed Care Support Contracts were finalized; new regional contracts were awarded in July 2016 and finalized in November of 2016. Along with the updated contracts, which will transition over a period of nine months through late 2017, Military Health System also recently announced that the current three Tricare regions (West, North and South) will be merging into two regions; East and West.
The new contracts are valued at over $57 billion, and the managed care support contracts processes are being vetted by Military Health System in order to provide a seamless transition to the new contracts and ensure a smooth handoff of care. The transition and merger of Tricare’s regions promises to improve the delivery, quality, and cost of health care services, establish shorter wait times for specialty care appointments, improved communication between military and civilian providers, and set up an easier referral process.
While the West Region will remain unchanged, the North and South Regions will be merging to form the new East Region. For members and providers, regional contractors, care managers, and network providers may change during this transition period.
Learn more about the changes by visiting Tricare’s website.