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The US Family Health Plan has long been a part of the Department of Defense health care system, delivering top quality care to eligible beneficiaries of all the Uniformed Services. The relationship began in 1981, when Congress designated ten former U.S. Public Health Service facilities as Uniformed Services Treatment Facilities (USTFs) and authorized them to provide health care for beneficiaries residing in the communities they served.
In 1993, as the Military Health System evolved, Congress converted the USTFs into a managed care system called the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP), and the member organizations became “TRICARE Designated Providers,” a permanent part of the Military Health System. The Designated Providers are the only capitated, fixed-price plan in the DOD system offering comprehensive TRICARE benefits in a coordinated system of care while allowing cost predictability and no financial risk for the Government. By law, the cost of care under the USFHP program may not exceed the cost of care through military treatment facilities or other TRICARE programs.
Today, six organizations sponsor the US Family Health Plan in different regions of the United States. The USFHP program offers the TRICARE Prime benefit through networks of community-based, not-for-profit health care systems. Patients choose a primary care physician who provides and coordinates care and referrals to specialists and hospitals.
The US Family Health Plan sponsoring organizations and covered regions are:
• Johns Hopkins Medicine – serving Maryland, Washington DC, parts of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware;
• Martin’s Point Health Care – serving Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northeastern New York;
• Brighton Marine Health Center – serving Massachusetts (including Cape Cod) and Rhode Island;
• Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers – serving New York City’s Five Boroughs, Counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange, New Jersey, Pennsylvania Counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester, and western Connecticut;
• CHRISTUS Health – serving Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana; and
• Pacific Medical Center (PACMED Clinics) – serving the Puget Sound area of Washington State.
The USFHP Designated Providers offer outstanding health and wellness programs built on a foundation of leading edge healthcare techniques and population health strategies. They understand the unique culture of the military family, and they provide compassionate and member-specific care which is unsurpassed. This commitment is displayed every day through personalized service and genuine member-provider relationships. The result is exceptional member satisfaction — the best in all of TRICARE.