Vol. 5, No. 10
Health plans, take note: The National Committee for Quality Assurance will soon be "raising the bar," pushing for more data on actual health care outcomespartly because it, too, is being pushed.
Disease management is a common-sense method of rationalizing care for a condition. Primary care physicians don't mind cooperating with specialists in such programs, but they're leery of "carve-outs."
A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO MANAGED CARE:
Round Table Discussion on Medicaid
The Medicaid market offers opportunity for managed health care plans, but it poses special challenges, too. Here's what six health care leaders had to say about the Medicaid challenge in a recent discussion.
The health reform law signed by President Clinton authorizes a pilot program of tax-free medical savings accounts. Such accounts have been touted as the antidote to HMOs, but some say they're compatible.
Experts say it won't be long before all clinical data move from paper charts to electronic data bases that can be shared with payers. But that doesn't mean medical practices must buy new computers right away.