Tricare

TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm

TRICARE Limits on Use of Community Pharmacies Creates Firestorm

By Annette M. Boyle ALEXANDRIA, VA – A pilot program that requires use of mail order or military pharmacies for certain maintenance medications taken for chronic conditions has sparked a firestorm of controversy, upsetting community pharmacists and some legislators. TRICARE… Read More

TRICARE Faces Challenges in Getting Males to Complete Three-Shot HPV Vaccine Series

By Annette M. Boyle FALLS CHURCH, VA – In the year since TRICARE added coverage for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in all males up to age 27, the challenge has been both educating military personnel and their families about… Read More

DoD Launches Database for Personnel in Japan During 2011 Earthquake Nuclear Meltdowns

By Stephen Spotswood NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — A year after a massive earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, resulting in a large tsunami that caused nuclear-plant meltdowns, the U.S. military is creating a database to help track possible radiation… Read More

Managing The TRICARE Pharmacy Benefit In An Environment Of Change

The DoD pharmacy program dispenses close to 2.8 million prescriptions each week at a cost of $6.7 billion in 2011, about 14% of the department’s total healthcare costs. The overall DoD health budget remains an issue of concern, as healthcare… Read More

Increasing TRICARE Mail order Pharmacy Incentives Alarms Community Pharmacies

An Obama administration proposal that affects drug co-pays in TRICARE has raised concerns from trade groups representing community pharmacies, which, in 2010, filled 40% of TRICARE prescriptions. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and National Community Pharmacists Association… Read More

States Shift Medical Costs to VA by Identifying Overlooked Vets

OLYMPIA, WA — As the tepid economy puts a vise on spending nationwide, state governments are searching for ways to take the pressure off their treasuries. A method that has been used to great success in Washington and is… Read More

TRICARE Currently Tied to Medicare Rates Threatened by Debt Deal

WASHINGTON — Military beneficiary groups and physician groups are watching closely how Medicare rates will fare under the deal on the debt ceiling that was agreed upon by Congress last month. Because TRICARE rates are generally set at those for… Read More