Tricare ‘MVP’ game plan is a winner; hits one out of the park

| March 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tyler Patterson
TriWest Healthcare Alliance



PHOENIX — As one saying goes, if you don’t have your health, what have you got?

It’s your health, so work with your doctor, nurse and pharmacist, and all the other members of your health team, to manage your health.

Not only is your health a precious resource, so is your time. To help make sure you’re making the most of your medical appointments, here are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting your doctor:

Update your roster. Accurate contact information is vital to keeping you up to date on appointments and test results. Wrong information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, can affect eligibility for some care.

Be ready for pinch hitters. You may be referred to a specialist for care for whom you primary care manager can’t provide. If that happens, remember to wait for your authorization letter to arrive before setting your specialty care appointment.

Register for a secure account and receive an electronic version of your authorization letter in hours, instead of waiting for days on the mail. Follow the directions in the letter to make sure you don’t get a claims curveball later.

Play as a team. When you are seeing a new doctor or specialist, share any medications or tests from your other doctors. This reporting should be repeated for multiple prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines.

Preparation is key. It can be easy to forget things during an examination. Preparing in advance can help eliminate those “I should have asked” moments while you’re heading home.

You are a critical part of your health care team. You owe it to yourself to be involved.

TriWest understands that you need the best team to help you feel your best. Providers’ focus should always be on you, the Tricare beneficiary, so they can create and carry out your best game plan.

To learn how to update your DEERS record, visit

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