New Tricare Application for LMHCs
The NEW TRICARE application for LMHCs/ Mental Health Counselors is now available at: http://www.mytricare.com/internet/tric/tri/mtc nprov.nsf/PGS/Frms_IndvdlApplctns_1
A Positive ‘Win’ with Tricare
The U.S. Department of Defense published a final rule July 17, 2014, to implement the TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselor (TCMHC) provider type as a qualified mental health provider authorized to independently diagnose and treat TRICARE beneficiaries and receive payment for services.
The final rule goes into effect on August 18, 2014.
The Tricare rule includes at least three major requests MaMHCA and our advocacy partners made:
a. An extended “transition period” (grand-parenting) period to January 1, 2017.
b. Expansion of the pool of qualified supervisors so more LMHCs and LPCs will be eligible;
c. Keeping the current Tricare providers intact with the ability to practice with physician referral.
Essentially, this means no current LMHC need be locked out of the Tricare system; and future LMHCs will have a path to continue with Tricare, even if they do not graduate from a CACREP approved program.
We are disappointed that Tricare seems to have kept the CACREP-only policy for approval of graduate programs, but we intend to continue to lobby rigorously to have this aspect of the rule amended. We believe Tricare misunderstood the role that counseling psychology grad programs play in LMHC and LCPC licensure and that they need to be considered as well.
MaMHCA and Maryland’s LCPCM leaders are now working with Tricare to make the Tricare application more LMHC/LCPC suitable.
Again, we urge all members who want to work in the federal system (which we hope will include Medicare someday) to apply to Tricare ASAP. To apply to Tricare, contact MHN (Medical Health Network) via their website or at 800-541-3353.
If you have problems with your contact with MHN, or with receiving an application, please send an e-mail MaMHCA Executive Director, Midge Williams.
View the final rule on the Federal Register or download.