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Modernization of the TRICARE Benefit : Defense Health Board , November 5, , 2020

November 5, 2020

Defense Health Board

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From the summary: "TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) health care service program, complements and supplements the military’s direct care system with a network of civilian providers to serve 9.6 million beneficiaries, including Active Duty Service Members (ADSM), retirees, and their dependents. Established in 1993, TRICARE traces its roots to programs established by legislation in the 1950s and 1960s for the DoD’s health care system to accommodate the increasing population of military retirees and dependents following World War II and the Korean War. Today’s TRICARE enables integrated health care across military treatment facilities (MTF), or “direct care,” and networks of civilian providers, or “purchased care.” Civilian managed care support contractors (MCSC) help to deliver the TRICARE benefit in purchased care worldwide through multi-year contracts. The DoD updates these contracts periodically to reflect changes in the military’s medical requirements and support the Military Health System’s (MHS) effort to provide quality health care to beneficiaries."



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