TriWest Healthcare Alliance

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TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Industry Health benefits
Founded Phoenix, Arizona (1996)
Headquarters Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Area served
VAPCCC Regions 3, 5, and 6
Key people
David J. McIntyre, Jr., President and CEO
Dr. Frank Maguire., CMO
Beth Dodds, Exec. VP and CFO

TriWest Healthcare Alliance is a Phoenix, Arizona based corporation that manages health benefits under the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VAPCCC program in Regions 3, 5, and 6.[1]


In 1996, TriWest Healthcare Alliance was established in order to compete for a U.S. Government contract to manage civilian health care benefits under the newly established TRICARE program within the 16-state TRICARE Central Region, also known as Regions 7 and 8. In 1996 TriWest was awarded the contract for the TRICARE Central Region and began operations. The TRICARE Central Region included the following states: Arizona; Colorado; southern Idaho; Iowa; Kansas; Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; South Dakota; El Paso, Texas; Utah; and Wyoming. TriWest was awarded an extension to this contract, which continued until 2004.[citation needed]

On August 21, 2003, TriWest was awarded the TRICARE Managed Care Support Contract for the TRICARE West Region. The five-year contract, valued at approximately $10 billion, expanded TriWest's service area to 21 states and 2.7 million beneficiaries with the addition of Alaska, California, Hawaii, northern Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.[2]

On July 13, 2009, TriWest was awarded the contract (also known as the "T-3 contract") to continue providing military families access to health care and manage the 21-state TRICARE West Region for the Department of Defense (DoD).[3]

On March 16, 2012 it was announced that the T-3 West Region contract was awarded to Minnesota based UnitedHealth Group. The contract was worth $20.5 billion[4]

On March 26, 2012 it was announced that TriWest will protest the Department of Defense award of the contract to UnitedHealth. David McIntyre (President and CEO of the TriWest Healthcare Alliance) cited the long history of performance and legal problems with the subsidiary which would handle the T-3 contract.[5]

On July 2, 2012 it was announced that TriWest lost its appeal to keep the West Region contract. [6]

In September 2011, TriWest paid $10 million to settle a Justice Department lawsuit after whistle-blowers claimed TriWest "systematically defrauded" Tricare by billing the government higher rates than they had negotiated with health care providers. The lawsuit also said TriWest sent 3,000 claims through one location a day to intentionally bypass checks to avoid late-payment fees, and that it paid claims for ineligible beneficiaries.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "About TriWest: Our Story". Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  2. ^ "TriWest Healthcare Alliance Awarded $10 Billion Contract to Assist Department of Defense in Meeting Health Care Needs for 21 State TRICARE West Region" (Press release). TriWest Healthcare Alliance. 2003-08-21. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  3. ^ "TriWest Healthcare Alliance Awarded Third TRICARE Contract, Remains Health Care Contractor for Department of Defense in 21-State TRICARE West Region" (Press release). TriWest Healthcare Alliance. 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Important Message for TriWest Beneficiaries and Providers" (Press release). TriWest Healthcare Alliance. 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  5. ^ "TriWest Healthcare Alliance to Protest TRICARE Contract Award" (Press release). MarketWatch. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  6. ^ "TriWest loses appeal to keep military health contract" (Press release). USA Today. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
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