Ireland Army Community Hospital
Ireland Army Community Hospital
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ACCESS TO CARE STANDARDS & DEFINITIONS

Access To Care (ATC) Standards & Definitions (MHS Guide Book)

ACUTE APPOINTMENT DEFINITION. An urgent (acute) care appointment is reserved for non-emergent, urgent care that is typically delivered by an MTF or network Primary Care Manager (PCM). Acute care services for Active Duty and TRICARE Prime enrollees shall be scheduled no greater than 24 hours from the time the need for this appointment is determined. Exception: Beneficiaries may waive the 24-hour access standard.

ROUTINE APPOINTMENT DEFINITION. A routine care appointment is designated for patients who require a visit with their PCM for a new healthcare problem that is not considered urgent. Routine care for Active Duty and TRICARE Prime enrollees shall be scheduled within seven calendar days from the time the need for this appointment is determined. Exception: Beneficiaries may waive the 7-Day access standard.

WELLNESS and PCM APPOINTMENT DEFINITION. A wellness care appointment is designated for patients who require a visit for a wellness/or preventive health concern or with their PCM for an initial visit. This wellness care for Active Duty and TRICARE Prime enrollees shall be scheduled within 28 calendar days from the time the need for this appointment is determined. Exception: Beneficiaries may waive the 28-Day access standard.

SPECIALTY APPOINTMENT DEFINITION. A specialty care appointment (SPEC or SPEC$) is designated for patients who require an initial consult, referral, or initial self-referral. Specialty care for Active Duty and TRICARE Prime enrollees shall be scheduled within 28 calendar days from the time the need for this appointment is determined. A specialty care appointment also includes procedures (PROC, PROC$) designated for patients in need of medical procedures.

ESTABLISHED APPOINTMENT DEFINITION. An established care appointment (EST or EST$) is designated for patients who require follow-up care. Established care for Active Duty and TRICAE Prime enrollees shall be scheduled in accordance with the provider designated time frame.

 ACCESS TO CARE STANDARDS AND DEFINITIONS

APPOINTMENT TYPE

ACCESS TO CARE   STANDARD

ENHANCED ACCESS TO CARE STANDARD**

ACUTE

24 Hours

24 Hours

ROUTINE

7 Days

3 Days

WELLNESS

28 Days

7 Days

PCM

28 Days

1 Day of WTU Assignment

SPECIALTY

28 Days

7 Days

ESTABLISHED (Follow-up)

Provider Designated

Provider Designated

 ** Enhanced Access to Care Standards apply to deploying service members (within 180 days of deployment),
Soldiers completing reintegration (RSRP), and Soldiers assigned to WTU.

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