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PUBLIC LAW 107-31'^^-DEC. 2, 2002 116 STAT. 2585 10 USC 1079 note. 10 USC 1145. 10 USC 1145 note. TRIGARE, or other Federal health care program integrity violations by the physician or other health care practitioner.". (b) APPLICABILITY. — The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to any contract under the TRICARE program entered into on or after the date of the enactment of this Act. SEC. 706. TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS RELATING TO TRANSITIONAL HEALTH CARE FOR MEMBERS SEPARATED FROM ACTIVE DUTY. (a) CONTINUED APPLICABILITY TO DEPENDENTS. —Subsection (a)(1) of section 736 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107; 115 Stat. 1172) is amended to read as follows: "(1) in paragraph (1), by striking 'paragraph (2), a member' and all that follows through 'of the member),' and inserting 'paragraph (3), a member of the armed forces who is separated from active duty as described in paragraph (2) (and the dependents of the member)';". (b) CLARIFICATION REGARDING THE COAST GUARD.— Subsection (b)(2) of such section is amended to read as follows: "(2) in subsection (e)— "(A) by striking the first sentence; and "(B) by striking 'the Coast Guard' in the second sentence and inserting 'the members of the Coast Guard and their dependents'.". (c) EFFECTIVE DATE. —The amendments made by this section shall take effect as of December 28, 2001, and as if included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 as enacted. SEC. 707. EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACTS FOR THE PERFORM- ANCE OF HEALTH CARE RESPONSIBILITIES AT LOCA- TIONS OTHER THAN MILITARY MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES. Section 1091(a)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by striking "December 31, 2002" and inserting "December 31, 2003". SEC. 708, ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR BENEFICIARIES ELIGIBLE FOR TRICARE AND DEPARTMENT OF VET- ERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH CARE. (a) REQUIREMENT TO ESTABLISH PROCESS.—(1) The Secretary Regulations, of Defense shall prescribe in regulations a process for resolving issues relating to patient safety and continuity of care for covered beneficiaries who are concurrently entitled to health care under the TRICARE program and eligible for health care services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Secretary shall— (A) ensure that the process provides for coordination of, and access to, health care from the two sources in a manner that prevents diminution of access to health care from either source; and (B) in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, prescribe a clear definition of an "episode of care" for use in the resolution of patient safety and continuity of care issues under such process. (2) Not later than May 1, 2003, the Secretary shall submit Deadline. to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and of the Reports. 10 USC 1071 note.