Vol. 6, No. 2 February 1997

How Health Plans Are Building Electronic Patient Records

Computerized clinical records can give a health care plan a competitive edge by improving patient care, but implementation is challenging and the technology still evolving. Some institutions are well on their way to having the automated patient record; many have miles to go.

Why Managed Care Is Getting a Bad Rap

Open a newspaper or magazine or turn on your television these days, and you’ll soon see a report that casts HMOs in a bad light. Here are 10 reasons for managed care’s current run of bad publicity.

No, Most Physicians Need Not Create Their Own HMOs

In the September Managed Care, consultant Thomas Garvey argued that “Physicians Must Create Their Own HMOs.” Here, a Michigan health plan administrator takes issue with Garvey’s recommendation.

Get Your Competitor’s Patients This Ethical Way

On learning that a competitor is retiring or moving, physicians too often pay some money, take over charts and then sit back hoping something good will result. A consultant suggests a more active approach.

DEPARTMENTS

Managing Editor’s Memo
News and Commentary
Washington Initiatives
Compensation Monitor
Ethics
Employer Update
Legal Forum
Managed Care Outlook

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