A TRICARE service member using a computer to select a TRICARE South authorized primary care physician


Choosing a PCM?

If you choose to enroll in TRICARE Prime, please consider the following information that will help you select your Primary Care Manager (PCM), a provider of care who will manage your health care needs.  Please keep in mind that the assignment of your PCM is governed by the availability of your choice and by the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Commander’s policy in your Prime Service area.
  1. If you live within a 30 minute drive of an MTF that has available capacity, you must choose an MTF PCM.  Please indicate a first and second choice when completing your TRICARE Prime Enrollment Form.  Every attempt will be made to honor your first choice.
  2. If you live beyond a 30 minute drive of your PCM choice – either an MTF or civilian PCM, you must sign the Access to Care waiver on the enrollment form.  Please keep in mind if choosing the MTF, the MTF must be willing to accept you as a patient.

  3. If you live outside the T3 PSA, you must sign the ATC waiver without regard to drive time.
  4. If you do not select a PCM on the Prime enrollment form, an MTF or civilian PCM will be assigned to you depending upon your travel distance from the MTF.
We encourage you to consider the benefits of TRICARE Prime enrollment, attend a TRICARE briefing, and review the providers on the Provider Locator.  Details about your MTF’s operating procedures and available specialties can be found on your MTF’s web site.  You can access MTF web sites by visiting TRICARE's web site.
You may change your PCM at any time provided the new PCM is accepting new patients and your request complies with the local MTF guidelines.  Once you have selected a new PCM from the Provider Locator, complete a TRICARE Prime Enrollment and PCM Change Form with the new PCMs name and address.
Last Update: February 13, 2014