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Prior Authorization

A prior authorization (or preauthorization) is an approval for a health care service before you receive the care.

TRICARE Prime Plans

Includes TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Prime Overseas, TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas, or TRICARE Young Adult-Prime

  • You must have prior authorization for all specialty care. 
  • Your primary care manager (PCM) will coordinate the referral and prior authorization at the same time.

All Other Health Plans

Includes TRICARE Standard and Extra, TRICARE Standard Overseas, TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Retired Reserve, or TRICARE Young Adult-Standard

You must have prior authorization for the following services before getting care:

  • Adjunctive dental care
  • Applied behavioral analysis (referral from an authorized diagnosing provider also required)
  • Home health services (only available in the U.S. and U.S. Territories)
  • Hospice care (only available in the U.S. and U.S. Territories)
  • Nonemergency inpatient admissions for substance-use disorders or behavioral health
  • Outpatient behavioral health care beyond the eighth visit
  • Transplants (all solid organ and stem cell)
  • TRICARE Extended Care Health Option services

In addition to those services listed above, each region may their own requirements:

Fitness-for-Duty Review for Active Duty Service Members

All active duty service members must get an additional fitness-for-duty review for:

  • Maternity care
  • Physical therapy
  • Behavioral health services
  • Family counseling
  • Smoking cessation programs
Always try to see a network provider first!

Network providers can't:

  • Ask you to sign a document to make you pay for authorized services.
  • Ask you to sign a document to make you pay for any part of the service not covered by TRICARE.
  • Refuse to see you because you won’t sign such a document.

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Last Updated 1/26/2015