IHS/THP Reimbursement Agreements Program–Information for Providers
The VA Indian Health Services/Tribal Health Programs (IHS/THP) Reimbursement Agreements Program provides a means for IHS and THP health facilities to receive reimbursement from the VA for direct care services provided to eligible American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans. This program is part of a larger effort set forth in the VA and IHS Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2010 to improve care coordination and access to care for our nation’s Native Veterans.
Listed below are several resources for initiating agreements and implementing the reimbursement agreement.
Eligibility and Enrollment Verification
Eligibility and Enrollment Verification explains ways in which IHS/THP facilities can verify American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veteran eligibility.
Initiation and Implementation
IHS/THP Initiation and Implementation outlines the process for starting and implementing the IHS/THP reimbursement agreement. While working through the agreement process, the VA encourages IHS/THP facility staff to ensure Veterans are enrolled in the VA health system.
Tribal facility staff may submit claims electronically or on paper:
Electronic billing (Electronic Data Interchange)
Facilities submitting electronic/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) claims will need to register with Change Healthcare (formerly Emdeon) by phone or web:
Change Healthcare customer support line: 800-845-6592
Once registered, billing staff should ensure that “THP” is added to the SBR03 segment of the 837 for proper routing through the VA. The VA payer IDs are:
- 12115 for medical claim submissions
- 12116 for dental claims
- 00231 for any inquiry transaction
Where to Mail Paper Claims
VA has a centralized claims processing center for paper claims. Send paper claims to:
VA Portland Health Care System, 10N20NPC
1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661