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New Kind of Emergency Room May Not be TRICARE Authorized

TRICARE beneficiaries may have noticed new kinds of “Emergency Centers” popping up in their area. It may seem like a tempting health care option but, free-standing emergency rooms that are not affiliated with a hospital may not be TRICARE-authorized.
 
If a provider, such as a free-standing ER, is not authorized, then TRICARE is prohibited from paying it “facility fees.” That can leave a beneficiary stuck with a big bill.
 
Beneficiaries need to “know before you go.”  Check a free-standing ER’s TRICARE status – before emergency care is needed.

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