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DOD/DODOASHA RIN: 0720-AB81 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: TRICARE Coverage and Payment for Certain Services in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 

This interim final rule revised: 1) 32 CFR part 199.4 to remove the restriction on audio-only telemedicine services, 2) 32 CFR part 199.6 to authorize reimbursement for interstate practice by TRICARE-authorized providers when such authority is consistent with State and Federal licensing requirements, and 3) 32 CFR part 199.17 to eliminate copayments for telemedicine services. The changes in this rule is effective for the period of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. These changes will reduce the spread of COVID-19 among TRICARE beneficiaries by incentivizing use of telemedicine services, and aid providers in caring for TRICARE beneficiaries by temporarily waiving some licensure requirements. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)) will publish notice of the expiration of these benefits.  If the ASD(HA) determines it would be appropriate to make these changes permanent, the ASD(HA) will follow-up with final rulemaking. The timing of the next action related to this rule is not yet known.

Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 32 CFR 199   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    10 U.S.C. ch. 55   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  05/11/2020  85 FR 27921   
Interim Final Rule Effective  05/12/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  06/11/2020 
Final Action  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Maj. Zachary Rumery
Department of Defense
Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs
7700 Arlington Blvd,
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone:703 681-0523