September 23, 1997
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410)955-5384

Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation (JHMSC) has been designated one of seven national TRICARE Prime designated providers under a new Department of Defense (DoD) health care program called TRICARE, effective May 1, 1998. The Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP), an HMO-like plan for military beneficiaries, will transition into TRICARE, a DoD-sponsored, regionally managed health care program for active-duty dependents and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors.

The new program combines the health care resources of the uniformed services and supplements them with networks of civilian health care professionals, like those at JHMSC. Nationally, some 8.3 million individuals are eligible for TRICARE. About 22,500 patients are enrolled currently in the Hopkins USFHP.

The new program will be known as the USFHP at Johns Hopkins, a TRICARE Prime designated provider. It will offer a comprehensive health care package, including the full range of medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and mental health services as defined by the DoD's Uniform Benefit at 19 sites located across Maryland. In addition, Hopkins will provide preventive health and dental benefits. As part of TRICARE Region 1, which stretches from Washington, D.C., to Maine, the Hopkins' TRICARE Prime program will serve beneficiaries in the central Maryland area.

"We are pleased and honored to be named a TRICARE Prime designated provider," said William Kent, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation. "Johns Hopkins has been providing quality health care to military beneficiaries since 1981, and we believe this contract renews our commitment, in partnership with the DoD, to provide Hopkins-quality health care in an efficient and cost-effective manner."

Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation is a non-profit, wholly owned affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Health System, which administers the provision of primary and secondary health care to families at 19 sites throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Annapolis, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Columbia, Frederick, Hagerstown, Laurel, Pasadena, Perry Hall, Rockville, and Westminster. JHMSC provides health care to approximately 100,000 patients including members of the USFHP, Prudential Health Care Plan, FreeState Health Plan, United HealthCare Plan, as well as private, fee-for-service patients.

Photos of the TRICARE contract signing are available by calling Gary Stephenson at (410) 955-5384.

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