A Positive ‘Win’ with Tricare

July 23, 2014 09:04 PM

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.

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