Non-Clinical Topics


TRICARE Promises Cost Savings for Everyone with RX Shift

It’s a case of bad news-good news: TRICARE beneficiaries, as of Oct. 1, have fewer options for getting certain prescriptions filled, but their costs are lower.


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... View Article


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... View Article


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... View Article


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... View Article


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... View Article


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... View Article


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... View Article

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