RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines

New Tricare Philippine Office Manila – 1 July 2008

Posted by Service Officer on July 1st, 2008

All Hands [7/1/08]

Edmund Chan, the Director of TMO Pacific has sent the following message to all Philippine Tricare users. Attached is the Tricare Philippine pamphlet for your future reference:

Dear Sirs,

I am writing this email to inform you about the establishment of a TRICARE Satellite Office in the Philippines and also to let you know about the newly established TRICARE rates that will go into effect on October 1, 2008. I know that you work with the Retirees on a frequent basis and may have newsletters, forums and other means to communicate with our Retiree beneficiaries and their families. If possible, kindly help us with reaching out to our Retirees with this information. I am attaching a letter that you can post and also our Philippines Retiree TRICARE brochure. Thank you for serving our Retirees and Happy Fourth of July.

Please let me know if you have any questions and also let us know how we can serve you better. V/R Ed Edmund Chan Director, TRICARE Area Office Pacific

Commercial: 011-81-611-743-2057

Voice Commercial: 011-81-611-743-2056

Fax DSN: 315-643-2057

PSC 482 Box 2749 FPO AP 96362

Dear TRICARE Beneficiaries,

I send you greetings from the TRICARE Area Office – Pacific in Okinawa, Japan. We are delighted to announce that we will be establishing a Philippines Satellite Office (hopefully by the end of the year) in Manila. Lt Col Tony Ingram and I are currently meeting with JUSMAGPHIL and the Department of State to negotiate space for our office. Once the office is set up, you will be able to call or visit the Philippines Satellite Office for help with your TRICARE issues and problems. More importantly, the Satellite Office will be my “boots on the ground” to help with improving the TRICARE program for you and our providers.

In the meantime, we will continue to support you from our Okinawa office. Please send us email at TPAO.CSC@med.navy.mil or call us at the numbers below:

Commercial: 81-611.743.2036

DSN: 315.643.2036 DSN FAX: 315.643.2037

Toll Free: 888-777-8343 Menu Option # 4

In the next few weeks, you will be receiving a letter from Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS) to inform you about the new Philippines rates that have been established to pay for inpatient (hospital) and outpatient care. These new rates will begin on October 1, 2008. The new rates were developed by the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) office to replace the Puerto Rico caps that are currently used for outpatient services and for the inpatient daily rates in the Philippines. TMA used the World Bank International Comparison Program index for the Philippines to establish more reasonable rates to reflect costs in the Philippines.

Generally the new rate caps will be lower than the current caps, so it is important that you know what these rates are in order to avoid significant out of pocket costs. These rates will be published on the TRICARE

website: http://www.tricare.mil/tma/foreignfee/ – inpatient rates

are already listed (next page) and the outpatient rates will be listed soon.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July and Mabuhay! I also want to thank the Retired Activities Offices (RAOs) and other contacts for your continued support with helping the retirees throughout the Philippines.

Sincerely,

Ed Chan

Director, TRICARE Area Office – Pacific

Philippines Inpatient

Per Diem Rates

Group

Number Description Current Allowed October 1, 2008

Amount Per Day

01 Infectious Disease $1,847 $1,144

02 Cancer $2,136 $1,196

03 Endocrine $2,119 $1,141

04 Mental Health $909 $395

05 Nervous System $1,906 $1,027

06 Circulatory $3,044 $1,769

07 Respiratory $1,828 $916

08 Digestive $1,888 $1,009

09 Genitourinary $1,980 $1,152

10 Pregnancy and birth $1,076 $555

11 Musculoskeletal and Skin $3,079 $1,998

12 Congenital anomalies $2,916 $1,657

13 Perinatal $731 $333

14 Symptoms, signs, etc. $1,950 $1,080

15 Injuries $2,246 $1,249

16 Poisoning $1,801 $1,069

17 Complications $2,333 $1,403

18 V-codes $1,640 $966

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