“Tricare users with substance abuse and mental health issues soon will have better access to outpatient assistance, thanks to a program change announced this week.
A late 2016 regulation change vastly expanded mental health care for Tricare users and removed a variety of coverage limits. But until the policy was updated, Tricare’s regional contractors could not establish a network of providers for newly covered services.
The revised policy gives them the go-ahead to authorize those providers — and will give beneficiaries in-network access to intensive outpatient and opioid treatment programs.
“Now that the approved participation agreements and specific requirements for intensive outpatient (IOP) and opioid treatment program (OTP) participation in Tricare have been published, our contractors are building their network of IOP and OTP providers,” Peter Graves, a Tricare spokesman, said in a statement.”
Source: Military.com – June 15, 2017