It is DoD policy to enter into direct care sharing agreements and to include VA facilities as TRICARE network providers where it is to the mutual benefit of both Departments.
Dual Eligibility: In some cases, TRICARE beneficiaries may be dually eligible for health care benefits from the Veterans Health Administration. Veterans seeking care for a service-connected condition in a VA medical facility must use their veterans' medical benefit. VA may not bill TRICARE for treatment of service-connected conditions. For treatment of non service-connected conditions, the veteran may elect to use their TRICARE benefit. Individuals with dual eligibility must choose to use either their veterans' or TRICARE benefits at the onset of each episode of care.
Current Joint Ventures: Anchorage, AK; Fairfield, CA; Key West, FL; Honolulu, HI; Las Vegas, NV;
Albuquerque, NM; El Paso, TX; Chicago, IL; Biloxi, MS; Charleston, SC
In FY11, there were 187 direct sharing agreements that covered 117 unique services.