TRICARE defines who can be a PCM

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  • By Shari Lopatin
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Most military families have a primary care manager, but not everyone knows who qualifies as one.

TRICARE defines a primary care manager as: "A civilian network provider or military treatment facility provider who provides primary care services to TRICARE beneficiaries."

Most families with TRICARE Prime or Prime Remote have a primary care provider. This is the person to run to for all non-emergency services.

Either the beneficiary will choose or the military installation clinic will appoint a family its medical provider.

A primary care manager may be a:

- Certified nurse midwife
- Family practitioner
- General practitioner
- Gynecologist
- Internal medicine physician
- Nurse practitioner
- Obstetrician
- Pediatrician
- Physician assistant

Actually, a primary care provider may be a certified medical professional who practices within the state's rules and regulations and has signed a contract to be a TRICARE PCM. However, the medical professional must be within the beneficiary's Prime Service Area.

For more information, visit the TRICARE Provider Directory at or call 888-TRIWEST (874-9378).