Vol. 7, No. 1 January 1998


PPMs, HMOs: Sometimes, a Perfect Match  19

Physician practice management companies’ power is growing. PPMs may be good partners for HMOs, but are they treading on plans’ turf?

Are PPMs Beauties … or Are They Beasts?  26

In a moderated discussion, a PhyCor executive and a practice management consultant trade impressions on the pros and cons of PPMs.

Developing Medical Management Software  32C

How a Virginia health system devised its very own—and apparently effective—program to track diagnoses, outcomes and care procedures.

Parity for Behavioral Health: For the Better?  33

The federal Mental Health Parity Act took effect Jan. 1. How will it really affect health plans? Will its spirit be felt in implementation?

An Interview With Catherine Kunkel  41

The head of the National Business Coalition on Health talks about why purchasing cooperatives feel that they need to work together.

Managed Care’s 1997 Editorial Index  49

A comprehensive list of articles published in Managed Care last year.


Editor’s Memo  5
News and Commentary  6
Washington Initiatives  11
State Initiatives  15
Ethics  53
Legal Forum  57
Managed Care Outlook  60