Vol. 5, No. 9 September 1996

Labor Unions for Physicians: An Idea Whose Time is Coming?

Medicine may seem an unlikely occupation to be represented by the union movement. But under the pressures of managed care, some doctors are thinking of themselves as “labor”–and acting accordingly.

What Health Plans Should Know About Clinical Practice Guidelines

Practice guidelines are indispensable for health plans that seek accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and accreditation is becoming a must. Here’s what seven managed care leaders had to say about guidelines in a recent round-table discussion.

Trading Your Independence For a Guaranteed Salary

Doctors who sell to practice management companies like Florida’s Sheridan HealthCorp. are spared some of the uncertainties of today’s harried medicine. They also miss some of its satisfactions.

Physicians Must Create Their Own HMOs

A managed care consultant offers a personal view: To protect their clinical autonomy, doctors should form their own statewide HMOs.

Building the Right Incentives Into a Physician Payment System

Simple, production-based formulas for paying doctors won’t help an HMO or medical group thrive in today’s capitated world, says a physician recruiter. Instead, you need a “physician incentive program.”


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