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Third Party Payer

A company or organization other than the patient or care provider that pays a portion of the costs for the individual's health care.

Transitional Coverage

If an individual or employer changes their insurance provider, the new provider will often offer transitional coverage for those currently in treatment. These programs generally involve consultation between the patient's current doctor and the new insurance provider about how best to continue care.

TRICARE

A health care program for active-duty and retired uniformed services members and their families.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A federal agency that compiles research on health care best practices and disseminates proven quality metrics.