Our primary target is the military family, both directly and through
professional referral personnel such as Health Benefits Advisors, Social
Workers, Psychiatrists, etc.
What we are doing that is unique is to provide listings
of medical facilities with extensive information including direct links
to Internet sites and email addresses. The TRICARE site is
terrific for locating network facilities by zip code, but the
information is basic and limited to one or a few network
facilities. On our site you can search by state and view
all the facilities that accept and welcome TRICARE and locate extensive
information including active links to facility internet sites and email contacts.
Why is this difference so important?
An example will illustrate best:
Example: A Health Benefits Advisor, a Psychiatrist
and a military family at Ramstein , Germany are looking for a
residential treatment center for a teen age son. They have to get
the boy out of the European area quickly so the family will have to find
a new assignment where an RTC is available. On
TricareDirectories.com under RTC Section they can view all the states
with RTCs, find several that fit their needs and send
out e-mail enquiries regarding bed space, etc. (A parent about to send a
son off to in-patient status can get a lot of reassurance from this
procedure - not forgetting the positive quality of the son's involvement in choice).
Without concern for time difference between the U.S. and Europe, email
can immediately begin the process of communication. (As a social worker
overseas for over 9 years I spent a lot of time in the middle of the
night trying to locate a bed space).
In this example you can substitute for RTC - a drug &
alcohol facility, a hospital specializing in extensive body burns, a
partial hospitalization program, an RTC with a closed ward (there are
not many), a hospice for a family member with a terminal illness, etc.
are currently putting a symbol by the facilities that are Tricare
. We are inviting Tricare
Preferred Providers to list.
Eventually we'll have the providers who are current, accepting new
patients and the ones who are strongly interested in serving military families.
TricareDirectories.com, a privately owned
site, is maintained on the internet as a not-for-profit service to U.S. military families and their referral professionals. The site
is supported, in part, by medical facilities listings. The site continues to be subsidized by Anmark Publishers, now owned by Mark Smith, and by volunteer labor. The directories are kept current on a daily basis from information provided by The Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, Tricare Facility Certification
Department, Aurora, CO, and Tricare Management Activity, CO.
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