Washington, D.C.– The Defense Health Agency (DHA), the agency that manages TRICARE health benefits, issued a request for information (RFI) regarding inpatient-clinic administered pharmaceuticals formulary management. TRICARE is a health insurance program for military members, their dependents, retirees and some survivors and former spouses. To use TRICARE, an enrollee must be listed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) as being eligible for military health care benefits. Vendors who respond to the RFI will have the chance to shape the standard list of drugs prescribed across military medical treatment facilities and the broader program administering the list.
The request focuses on best practices for inpatient and medical benefit drugs. Currently, the agency’s pharmacy operations cover only outpatient prescribed drugs but the DHA will assume responsibility for inpatient settings at all medical treatment facilities soon. Responses to the RFI are due by Feb. 5.