Through March 18, physicians are not required to submit referral or authorization requests for TRICARE Prime patients seeking TRICARE-covered outpatient services (with some exceptions). There have been significant delays in the processing of authorizations and referral requests since the transition of TRICARE managed care services from United Health Military & Veterans (UMVS) on January 1. To address the delays, the Defense Health Agency has waived authorization and referral request authorizations for all outpatient TRICARE-covered services for a limited time. If you have already submitted your request, the TRICARE West Region Referral/Authorization Waiver Approval Letter serves as your approval. For more information, go to