Managed Care

 

An age-old question: Would universal access result in higher costs from those less in need?

MANAGED CARE October 1999. © MediMedia USA
News and Commentary

An age-old question: Would universal access result in higher costs from those less in need?

MANAGED CARE October 1999. ©1999 MediMedia USA

Few doubt that universal coverage would have an impact on use of health care services, but just who would use them is subject to debate. A U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research study of the potential effects on behavioral health utilization suggests that expanding coverage would not only induce those with mental illnesses and substance-abuse problems to use more services, but those without any such problems would also do so — perhaps disproportionately. As for policy implications, the researcher notes that even when this model is limited to granting universal coverage to those whose incomes are up to 200 percent of poverty, utilization increases similar to those suggested here would result.

SOURCE: INQUIRY, BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF THE ROCHESTER AREA, SUMMER 1999

Meetings

4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015