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This paper is to provide an overview of TRICARE with its history, available insurance products, organization and number of enrollees. In July 1775, the Congress established a hospital or what they called it then a medical department in Massachusetts with a chief physician of the hospital, four surgeons, a pharmacist, and nurses, which are usually wives or widows of military personnel to care for military members. (TRICARE Timeline). Today health care has come a long way especially for the military; we have better equipment and more than enough surgeons, physicians, and of course, our spouses or widows are no longer our nurses. Now we have qualified individuals that are very capable of making sure that they are patched and ready to get…show more content…
• The 1980s saw the launch of CHAMPUS "demonstration" projects such as the CHAMPUS Reform Initiative (CRI) in 1988. During the five years of the demonstration, it operated successfully and produced high levels of patient satisfaction. • In 1993, Department of Defense officials, along with Congress, extended and improved the CRI. The new and improved program is renamed TRICARE. What is TRICARE? A question that many of us really do not know how to answer. TRICARE is a major part of the Military Health System, its purpose is to combine the resources of military hospitals and clinics with civilian health care networks, provides access to high-quality health care, supports military operations and readiness. In order to participate in TRICARE benefits, beneficiaries must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) before you can reap these benefits. As of On October 1, 2013, TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) was replaced by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and is managed by is managed by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under leadership of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. The DHA's mission is to achieve greater integration of our direct and purchased health care delivery systems so that we accomplish the Department’s Quadruple Aim: achieve medical readiness, improve the health of our people, enhance the experience of care,
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