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TRICARE Operations Manual 6010.59-M, April 1, 2015
TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP)
Chapter 24
Section 21
Revision:  C-127, August 21, 2023
1.1  TRICARE Plus is a service-directed primary care enrollment program that is available at selected Military Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs). Local MTF Directors determine whether TRICARE Plus shall be offered based on their facility’s capacities, capabilities, and mission.
1.2  All TRICARE requirements regarding TRICARE Plus shall apply to the TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) unless specifically changed, waived, or superseded by the provisions of this section; the TRICARE Policy Manual (TPM), Chapter 12; or the TRICARE contract for health care support services outside the 50 United States (U.S.) and the District of Columbia (hereinafter referred to as the “TOP contract”). See Chapter 6, Section 4 for additional instructions.
Active Duty Family Members (ADFMs) in overseas locations may enroll in TRICARE Plus (where available) including circumstances in which they are not Command Sponsored. See Chapter 6, Section 4 for additional instructions regarding TRICARE Plus eligibility.
3.1  All beneficiary inquiries regarding TRICARE Plus enrollment/disenrollment shall be directed to the TOP contractor’s toll-free number or, based on the Statement of Responsibilities (SOR) with each MTF Director, to the designated MTF Point of Contact (POC) for TRICARE Plus. This shall include questions about TRICARE Plus, general questions about enrollment/disenrollment, providing enrollment/disenrollment forms, providing information about the availability of TRICARE Plus at a particular MTF, the extent of coverage available and not available through TRICARE Plus, the selection of individual primary care coordinators, or confirmation of enrollment/disenrollment.
3.2  MTFs will approve or disapprove requests for TRICARE Plus enrollment and for managing Primary Care Clinic capacity for TRICARE Plus enrollment. The MTF will ensure that TRICARE Plus enrollment forms are completed with validated eligibility through the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). The MTFs will send all completed and approved TRICARE Plus enrollment/disenrollment forms to the TOP contractor no less frequently than weekly.
3.3  The TOP contractor shall ensure that all TRICARE Plus enrollments are entered through the Government furnished web-based system/application. The contractor shall return incomplete forms or any application for which enrollment/disenrollment cannot be effected, for any reason other than internal contractor systems or process problems, to the MTF for completion/correction. The contractor shall make no effort to correct or complete any TRICARE Plus enrollment/disenrollment application.
3.4  TOP Prime and TOP Prime Remote cannot be used in conjunction with TRICARE Plus. Enrollment in TRICARE Plus will necessitate disenrollment from TOP Prime or TOP Prime Remote.
3.5  TRICARE Plus enrollment to an overseas MTF is effective on the date the enrollment application is approved by the MTF.
All beneficiary inquiries regarding TRICARE Plus disenrollment shall be directed to the appropriate location in accordance with paragraph 3.1. Beneficiaries may disenroll from TRICARE Plus at any time. TRICARE Plus disenrollment is effective on the date the disenrollment application is approved by the MTF. Disenrollment forms will be sent to the TOP contractor no less frequently than weekly.
5.0  Purchased Care Sector PROVIDER SERVICES
5.1  TRICARE Plus is an MTF primary care access program, not a health plan. TRICARE Plus enrollment has no impact on care received from civilian providers. Claims for care rendered to TRICARE-eligible TRICARE Plus enrollees by civilian providers shall be processed according to the TRICARE Reimbursement Manual. This includes care rendered by purchased care sector providers overseas or civilian providers in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.
5.2  The TOP contractor shall not develop purchased care sector provider networks to support the TRICARE Plus beneficiary population.
5.3  The TOP contractor shall not provide Guarantee of Payment to purchased care sector providers or institutions for TRICARE Plus enrollees.
5.4  The TOP contractor shall not make appointments with purchased care sector providers for TRICARE Plus enrollees. However, upon beneficiary request, the contractor shall provide the beneficiary with the name, telephone number, and address of network or non-network providers of the appropriate clinical specialty located within the beneficiary’s geographic location.
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