Department of Defense Publishes Tricare Manual, Recognizes the Council on Accreditation As An Approved Accreditor

The TRICARE rule enables our high performing accredited organizations to treat service members and their families. In recognizing COA, TRICARE, has taken an important step towards allowing providers with more accreditor options.

The Department of Defense has published the TRICARE Manual, acknowledging the Council on Accreditation (COA) as an approved accreditor for providers of behavioral health services to service members and their families. The TRICARE Rule, titled TRICARE: Mental Health and Substance Abuse, was published September 2, 2016, and expands coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The TRICARE Rule also develops reimbursement processes for mental health and substance use disorder intensive outpatient programs and opioid treatment programs. The rule ensures more clients are able to receive the assistance they need.

Richard Klarberg, President & CEO of COA said, “COA is extremely pleased that our accredited organizations will be able to provide excellent treatment to service members and their families. Additionally, in recognizing COA, TRICARE has taken an important step towards allowing provider organizations with more accreditor options.”

Pat Johnston, Executive Director of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health noted that, “The updates to TRICARE’s behavioral health services offer tremendous opportunities to support military families’ health and readiness. Coverage of new treatment settings and implementation of parity with physical health benefits will be extremely beneficial for military families. Broader recognition of national accreditors ensures that professional and clinical standards will be continually updated. NACBH is pleased to see that COA accreditation has…

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