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direct travel enroute to and from a Ctive duty training (ACDUTRA) and to and from inactive duty training. (c) NATO naval members. Naval members of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) nations of Belgium, Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, are authorized Outpatient care only under the provisions of this part when stationed in or passing through the United States in connection with Official duties. Public Law 99–591 prohibits inpatient care of these foreign military members in the United States at the expense of the United States Government. The other NATO SOFA Nation, Canada, entered into a comparable care agreement with the United States requiring the United States to provide inpatient and outpatient care under the provisions of this part to members of the Department of National Defence of Canada receiving care in the United States. (d) Absent without authority. Naval members absent without authority during an entire episode of treatment are not eligible for non-Federal medical, dental, or emergency maternity care at Government expense. The only exception occurs when a member's illness or injury is determined to have been the direct cause of the unauthorized absentee Status. In Such an instance, eligibility will be: (1) Determined to have existed from the day and hour of such injury or illness provided the member was not in an unauthorized absentee status prior to the Onset of the illness or injury and initiation of treatment. (2) Retained when the member is returned directly to military Control. (3) Terminated should the member return to an unauthorized absentee status immediately after completion of treatment. Departmental level (MEDCOM-333 for medical and MEDCOM-06 for dental) review is required before benefits may be extended. (e) Constructive return. When constructive return, defined in §732.11(c), is effected, entitlement will be determined to have existed from 0001 hours of the day of constructive return, not

necessarily the day and hour care was initiated.

§ 732.13 Sources of care.

(a) Initial application. If a member requires maternity, medical, or dental care and naval facilities are unavailable, make initial application to other available Federal medical or dental faCilities or USTFs. When members are stationed in or passing through a NATO SOFA nation and U.S. facilities are unavailable, ensure that members make initial application for emergency and nonemergency care to military faCilities of the host country, Or if applicable, to civilian sources under the NATO SOFA nation’s health care program. When hospitalized in Hawaii, Alaska, or in a foreign medical facility, members and responsible commands will comply with OPNAVINST 6320.6.

(b) Secondary sources. When either energency or nonemergency care is required and there are no Federal or NATO SOFA facilities available, care may be obtained from non-Federal Sources under this part.

§ 732.14 Authorized care.

(a) Medical. (1) Consultation and treatment provided by physicians or at medical facilities, and procedures not involving treatment when directed by COMNAVMEDCOM, are authorized. Such care includes, but is not limited to: treatment by physicians, hospital inpatient and outpatient care, surgery, nursing, medicine, laboratory and xray Services, physical therapy, eye examinations, etc. See § 732.17 for prior approval of these services in nonemergency Situations.

(2) When transplant (including bonemarrow) is the treatment of choice, COMNAVMEDCOM approval is required. If time permits, telephone (A) 294–1102, (C) (202) 653–1102 during regular hours or (A) 294–1327, (C) 653–1327 after regular duty hours, and followup with a message. Request approval via meSSage in nonemergency Situations.

(b) Matermity episode. If a member authorized care under this part qualifies for Care under the provisions of $732.17(c) and delivers in a civilian hospital, routine newborn care (i.e., nursery, newborn examination, PKU test,

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etc.) is a part of the mother's admission expenses. Regardless of Cir

cumstances necessitating delivery in a civilian facility or how charges are Separated on the bill, charges will be paid from funds available for care of the mother. If the infant becomes a patient in his or her own right—through an extension of the birthing hospital Stay because of complications, transfer to another facility, or subsequent admission—the provisions of part 728 of this chapter and NAVMEDCOMINST 6320.18 are applicable, and the Sponsor becomes responsible for a part of the medical expenses incurred. (c) Dental. (1) With prior approval, the following may be provided: (i) All types of treatment (including operative, restorative, and Oral Surgical) to relieve pain and abort infection. (ii) Prosthetic treatment to restore extensive loss of masticatory function or the replacement of anterior teeth for esthetic rea,SOnS. (iii) Repair of existing dental prostheses when neglect of the repair would result in unserviceability of the appli8,IlC6. (iv) Any type of treatment adjunctive to medical or surgical care. (v) All x-rays, drugs, etc., required for treatment or care in paragraphs (c)(1)(i) through (iv) of this Section. (2) In emergencies (no prior approval), only measures appropriate to relieve pain or abort infection are authorized. (d) Eye refractions and Spectacles. Includes refractions of eyes by physicians and optometrists and furnishing and repairing spectacles. (1) Refractions. A refraction may be obtained from a civilian source at GOVernment expense only when Federal facilities are not available, no suitable prescription is in the member’s Health Record, and the cognizant OMA or referring USMTF has given prior approval. (2) Spectacles. When a member has no suitable spectacles and the lack thereof, combined with the delay in obtaining suitable ones from a Federal source would prevent performance of duty; repair, replacement, or procurement from a civilian source may be authorized upon initiation of an after-the-fact

request per § 732.17. Otherwise, the prescription from the refractionist, with proper facial measurements, must be sent for fabrication to the appropriate dispensing activity Set forth in NAVMED COMINST 6810.1. See $732.15(g) concerning contact lenses.

$732.15 Unauthorized care.

The following are not authorized by this part:

(a) Chiropractic services.

(b) Vasectomies.

(c) Tubal ligations.

(d) Breast augmentations or reductions.

(e) Psychiatric care, beyond the initial evaluation.

(f) Court Ordered Care.

(g) Contact lenses.

(h) Other elective procedures.

§ 732.16 Emergency care requirements.

Only in a bona fide emergency will medical, maternity, or dental Services be obtained under this part by or on behalf of eligible personnel without prior authority as outlined below. (a) Medical or dental care. A Situation where the need or apparent need for medical or dental attention does not permit obtaining approval in advance. (b) Matermity care. When a condition commences or exacerbates during pregnancy in a manner that a delay, caused by referral to a USMTF or USTF, would jeopardize the welfare of the mother or unborn child, the following constitutes indications for admission to or treatment at a non-Federal facility: (1) Medical or surgical conditions which would Constitute an emergency in the nonpregnant State. (2) Spontaneous abortion, with first trimester hemorrhage. (3) Premature or term labor with delivery. (4) Severe pre-eclampsia. (5) Hemorrhage, second and third trimeSter. (6) Ectopic pregnancy with Cardiovascular instability. (7) Premature rupture of membranes with prolapse of the umbilical cord. (8) Obstetric sepsis. (9) Any other obstetrical condition that, by definition, constitutes an emergency Circumstance.

$732.17 Nonemergency care require

ments. Members are cautioned not to obtain nonemergency care from civilian

Sources without prior approval from the cognizant adjudication authority in § 732.20. Obtaining nonemergency care, other than as Specified herein, without documented prior approval may result in denial by the Government of responsibility for claims arising from Such care. (a) Individual prior approval. (1) Submit requests for prior approval of nonemergency care (medical, dental, or maternity) from non-Federal sources to the adjudication authority (§732.20) serving the geographic area, where care is to be obtained. When the requirements of §732.14(d)(2) are met and spectacles have been obtained, request after-the-fact approval per this paragraph. (2) Submit requests on a NAVMED 6320/10. Statement of Civilian Medical/ Dental Care, with blocks 1 through 7 and 19 through 25 completed. Assistance in completing the NAVMED 6320/ 10 can be obtained from the health benefits advisor (HBA) at the nearest |USMTF. (3) Upon receipt, the adjudication authority will review the request and, if necessary, forward it to the appropriate chief of Service with an explanation of non-Federal care regulations pertaining to the request. The Chief of Service will respond to the request within 24 hours. The adjudication authority will then complete blocks 26 and 27, and return the original of the approved/disapproved NAVMED 6320/10 to the member. (b) Blanket prior approval. (1) Recruiting offices and other activities far removed from USMTFs, uniformed Services dental treatment facilities (USDTFs), designated USTFs, and VA facilities may request blanket approval for civilian medical and dental care of assigned active duty personnel. Letter requests should be submitted to the adjudication authority (§732.20) assigned responsibility for the geographic area. of the requestor. (2) With full realization that such blanket approval is an authorization to obligate the Government without indi

vidual prior approval, adjudication authorities will ensure that: (i) Each blanket approval letter Specifies a maximum dollar amount allowable in each instance of care. (ii) The location of the activity receiving blanket approval authority is clearly delineated. (iii) Travel distance and time required to reach the nearest USMTF, USDTF, designated USTF, or VA facility have been considered. (iv) Certain conditions are specifically excluded, e.g., psychiatric care and elective surgical procedures. These Conditions will continue to require individual prior approval. (v) COMNAVMEDCOM (MEDCOM333) is made an information addressee On each letter of authorization. (C) Matermity care. (1) Pregnant active duty members residing outside Military Health Services System (MHSS) inpatent catchment areas of uniformed services facilities (including USTFs), designated in Volumes I, II, and III of MHSS Catchment Area. Directories, are permitted to choose whether to deliver in a closer civilian hospital or travel to a USMTF or USTF for delivery. If the Government is to assume financial responsibility for non-Federal maternity Care of any member regardless of where she resides, the member must obtain individual prior approval as outlined in paragraph (a) of this section. Adjudication authorities should not approve requests from members residing within an inpatient MHSS catchment area unless: (i) Capability does not (did not) exist at the USMTF or Other Federal MTF Serving her catchment area. (ii) An emergency situation necesSitated delivery or other treatment in a non-Federal facility (§732.16(b)). (2) Normal delivery at or near the expected delivery date should not be conSidered an emergency for members reSiding within an MHSS inpatient Catchment area where delivery was expected to occur and, unless provided for in this part, will not be reason for delivery in a civilian facility at Government expense. (3) When granted leave that Spans the period of an imminent delivery, the pregnant member should request a copy of her complete prenatal care

records from the prenatal care physician. The physician should note in the record whether the member is clear to travel. If receiving prenatel Care from a USMTF, the HBA will assist the member in obtaining a statement bearing the name of the MTF (may be an OMA) with administrative responsibility for the geographic area of her leave address, including the telephone number of the head of the patient administration department or HBA, if available. If a member is receiving prenatal care from other than a USMTF, she should avail herself of the Services of the nearest HBA to effect the aforestated Services. This Statement should be attached to the approved leave request. In normal deliveries, requests for after-the-fact approval should be denied when members have not attempted to adhere to the proviSions of this part. (4) Upon arrival at the designated leave address, members should contact the MTF indicated on the Statement, attached to their leave request. The MTF will make a determination whether the member’s leave address falls within the inpatient Catchment area. Of a USMTF or USTF with the capability of providing needed Care. If no Such USMTF or USTF exists, the member will be given the opportunity to choose to deliver in a civilian hospital closer to her leave address Or travel to the most accessible USMTF or USTF with capability for maternity Care. (5) Upon determination that civilian Sources will be used for maternity Care, the MTF listed on the attachment to the leave papers will inform the member that she (or Someone acting in her behalf) must notify that MTF of the member's admission for delivery or other inpatient care so that medical cognizance can be initiated. (6) Automatically grant prior or retroactive approval, as the Situation warrants, to members requiring maternity care while in a travel status in the execution of permanent change of Station (PCS) orders. (d) Nonemergency care without prior approval. (1) If it becomes known that a member intends to seek medical or dental care (inpatient or Outpatient) from a non-Federal source and prior approval has not been granted for the

use of the Nonnaval Medical and Dental Care Program, the member must be counseled by, or in the presence of, a Medical Department officer. Request that the member Sign a Statement on an SF 600, Chronological Record of Medical Care, or an SF 603 or 603A, Health Record, Dental as appropriate, for inclusion in the member's Health Record. The Statement must Specify that counseling has been accomplished, and that the member understands the Significance of receiving unauthorized Civilian Care. This must be accomplished when either personal funds or third party payor (insurance) funds are intended to be used to defray the COSt. of care. Counseling will include: (i) Availability of care from a Federal Source. (ii) The requirement for prior approval if the Government may be expected to defray any of the cost of such C8,I’8. (iii) Information regarding possible compromise of disability benefits should a therapeutic misadventure OCCUlls’. (iv) Notification that should hospitalization become necessary, or other time is lost from the member's place of duty, Such lost time may be chargeable as ‘‘Ordinary leave.” (v) Notification that the Government Cannot be responsible for out-of-pocket expenses which may be required by the insurance Carrier or when the member does not have insurance which covers the cost of contemplated care. (vi) Direction to report to a uniformed services medical officer (preferably Navy) upon completion of treatment for determination of member’s fitness for continued service. (2) If it becomes known that a member has already received non-Federal medical care without prior authorization, refer the member to a uniformed services medical officer (preferably Navy) to determine fitness for continued service. At this time, counseling measures delineated in paragraph (d)(1)(iii), (iv), and (v) of this section must be taken.

§ 732.18 Notification of illness or injury.

(a) Member's responsibility. (1) If able,

members must notify or cause their parent command, the nearest naval activity, or per OPNAVINST 6320.6, the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate when hospitalized in a foreign medical facility to be notified as soon as possible of the Circumstances requiring medical or dental attention in a nonFederal facility. The member will also assure (request the facility to make notification if unable to do so personally) that the following information is passed to the adjudication authority Serving the area of the Source of Care ($732.20). This notification is in addition to the requirements of article 4210100 of the Military Personnel Command Manual (MILPERSMAN) or Marine Corps Order 6320.3B, as appropriate. The adjudication authority will then arrange for transfer of the member and, if appropriate, newborn infant(s), to a Federal facility or for such other action as is appropriate. (i) Name, grade or rate, and Social Security number of patient. (ii) Name of non-Federal medical or dental facility rendering treatment. (iii) Date(s) of such treatment. (iv) Nature and extent of treatment or care already furnished. (v) Need or apparent need for further treatment (for maternity patients, need or apparent need for further care of infant(s) also). (vi) Earliest date on which transfer to a Federal facility can be effected. (vii) Telephone number of attending physician and patient. (2) Should movement be delayed due to actions of the member or the member's family, payment may be denied for all care received after provision of written notification by the adjudication authority. (3) The denial is $732.18(a)(2) will be for care received after the member’s condition has stabilized and after the cognizant adjudication authority has made a request to the attending physician and hospital administration for the member’s release from the Civilian facility. This notification must specify: (i) Date and time the Navy will terminate its responsibility for payment. (ii) That care rendered subsequent to receipt of the written notification is at the expense of the member. (b) Adjudication authority. As SOOn as it is ascertained that a member is

being treated in a nonnaval facility, adjudication authorities must make the notifications required in MILPERSMAN, article 4210100.11. See part 728 of this chapter on message drafting and information addressees. (1) Article 4210100.11 Of the MILPERSMAN requires submission of a personnel Casualty report, by priority message, to the primary and secondary next of kin (PNOK/SNOK) of Navy members seriously or very seriously ill Or injured, and on those terminally ill (diagnosed and confirmed). While submission of the personnel casualty report to the PNOK and SNOK is a reSponsibility of the member’s command, adjudication authorities must advise the member’s command when such a member is being treated or diagnosed by non-Federal sources. The message will also request forwarding of the member’s Service and medical records to the personnel Support detachment (PSD) supporting the activity in which the OMA is located. Additionally, the notification should contain a request for appropriate orders, either temporary additional duty (TEMADD) or temporary duty (TEMPDU). (i) Request TEMADD orders if care is expected to terminate within the time Constraints in posed for these Orders. (ii) Request TEMDU Under Treatment orders for members hospitalized in a NMTF within the adjudication authority’s area of responsibility. (2) Make prompt message notifica

tion to the member's commanding offi

Cer when apprised of any medical Condition, including pregnancy, which will now or in the foreseeable future result in loss of a member’s full duty services in excess of 72 hours. Mark the message “Commanding Officer’s Eyes Only.”

§ 732.19 Claims.

(a) Member's responsibility. Members receiving care are responsible for preparation and Submission of claims to the Cognizant adjudication authority identified in §732.20. A complete claim includes:

(1) NAVMED 6320/10, Statement of Civilian Medical/Dental Care. In addition to its use as an authorization document, the Original and three copies of a

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