TRICARE

  • Cost doesn’t factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

    The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

  • Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

    By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military’s retirement and health care systems.…

  • Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

    A Pentagon review of the military’s health facilities concluded the quality of DoD’s medical system is generally in line with what’s offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said “average” is not good enough.

  • Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

    The Defense Department has an extra layer of healthcare coverage it doesn’t need. DoD’s Family Health Plan offers premium health benefits for employees that can’t access a TRICARE facility. But the Government Accountability Office says most of the people enrolled in the Family Health Plan have access to a TRICARE facility. Debra Draper is Director of Health Care Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained where the FHP comes from, and why the Pentagon doesn’t need it anymore.

  • Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

    The Defense Department’s showing negative side effects from a rough transition to a new healthcare contractor in the western United States. Those side effects are because of a 21-billion dollar contract award to a healthcare administration company new to the TRICARE system. Debra Draper is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose that cost overruns and healthcare delays are cropping up because TRICARE management didn’t pay close enough attention to the company’s transition process.

  • DHA sets sights on big savings with joint-first strategy

    The Defense Health Agency is predicting savings of over $2.4 billion in the next five years by reducing duplication between the services, Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, director of DHA, tells Agency of the Month Host Lauren Larson.

  • For health care savings, DoD pursues use of ‘incentives’

    The Pentagon’s current proposals for wringing savings out of its health care system involve additional fees for beneficiaries, but also try to induce them to use less-costly treatment options.

  • New era in military medicine takes hold

    “For the first time, you have an operational level organization that can directly interface with all the services — get their input, organize themselves, really solicit and collaborate with the services — so we can build a better military health system,” Major General Richard Thomas, chief medical officer and director of DHA Healthcare Operations, told Federal News Radio.

  • What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

    As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service’s financial footing, there’s still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an “onerous mandate” only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

  • Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

    When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.