Tricare speciality care available

| August 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Brian Smith
TriWest Healthcare Alliance



PHOENIX — You went to your primary care manager, and she suggested you go see a specialist. Maybe it’s for an evaluation; maybe it’s for a specific treatment. You just know you need to make another appointment, and you want to make it quickly.

Whether this is your first referral or your 50th, having all your information before making the appointment can save you time and money. Quickly start managing your referral information when you register on

What’s a referral?

When you need specific care that your primary doctor can’t provide, you will receive a referral to see someone else. The request for a referral goes to Triwest Healthcare Alliance. Triwest processes the referral and matches your needed care with a local network specialist (when available).

If you live near a military installation with a medical clinic, and that medical clinic offers the specialty care, you may be assigned to the military clinic for care.

When your referral request is authorized, TriWest will let you know the following:
•The name and contact information of your network specialist; and
•The expiration date of your referral (if you don’t make your appointment within the time allowed, you may have to go back to your primary doctor for a new referral).

Next you contact the network specialist and make your appointment. Network providers will submit claims to TriWest and send any results back to your primary doctor.

Tricare Standard and Tricare Extra plans don’t require referrals or primary care managers. There are, however, higher out-of-pocket costs for care under those plans

How do I get my specialist’s information?

Register for a account, and you will receive an email when your referral is processed — usually within a day or two of your primary doctor submitting the request. Then, you can log into your account to view your specialist. Go to

You can also choose to get a letter with your specialist information, but that could arrive 10 days after the request is made.

Why is it important to know my assigned specialist?

If you don’t go to a Tricare network specialist (or the military clinic if you’re assigned to go there), you could end up paying out-of-pocket for your care.

Finding a Tricare Specialist

•By specialty, location or name, visit
•From a mobile device access, visit

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