Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy
Cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) is commonly used to refer to a class of cognitive rehabilitation treatment services designed to improve cognitive function after a brain injury, including traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Cognitive rehabilitation services are frequently part of a comprehensive package of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services provided to beneficiaries with TBI. For beneficiaries with TBI, TRICARE covers rehabilitative services provided by physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
TRICARE covers medical treatments that are proven safe and effective. Some treatments provided by certain CRT programs have not been fully proven as effective stand-alone therapy for TBI. Some CRT services may be individually covered for other retirees, active duty family members, and retiree family members, based on both medical-necessity determination and pre-authorization.
Type of Therapy
|Area of Cognitive Impairment||Specific Examples|
|Attention Process Training||Attention||Letter cancellation tasks with distracting noise in background|
|Error Management Training||
||Individual and group self-awareness training|
|Emotional Regulation Training||
||Anger Management Training|
|Social Communications Skills Training Groups||
|Group cognitive therapy|
|Various Mneumonic Techniques||Memory||
|Visual Imagery Mneumonics||Memory||Imagery-based training|
|Working Memory Training||Attention||Completing two cognitive tasks simultaneously|
This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.
Last Updated 1/4/2023