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TRICARE ECHO: Special Care for People with Special Needs

Wed October 17, 2018: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT


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About the Webinar

The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) benefit supports Active Duty Family Members with certain chronic medical conditions and disabilities.  This webinar will provide practical information on who is eligible, how to register for ECHO, and additional services that are available.


Captain Edward Simmer currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for the TRICARE Health Plan at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, VA. In this role he is responsible for overseeing all clinical aspects of the civilian medical and dental care provided to the 9.4 million beneficiaries of the Military Health System. He has a M.D. degree from Saint Louis University and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. He is Board Certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry.

Captain Simmer has served 27 years of active duty in the Navy, with duties including Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Executive Officer Naval Hospital Beaufort, Senior Executive Director of Psychological Health at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI, and Director for Quality at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He served as the General Medical Officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65), and Division Psychiatrist for 2d Marine Division. He has also deployed to Iraq with the 113th Combat Stress Control Company and served as Head of the Navy’s Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team (SPRINT) for nine years, leading responses to numerous traumatic incidents, including Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina and the U.S.S. Cole (DDG-67) bombing.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit or Certificate of Completion

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Continuing Education Credit/Certificate

You will be prompted to complete an evaluation for this webinar, upon completion a link will be provided to access to the post-test and/or certificate.

  • This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.0 clock hours.
  • For a complete list of our Military Caregiving courses for CE credit go to: Extension Online
  • Click here for Extension Online Course Instructions.

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