May 1996

These days, a few dollars’ difference in monthly premiums can cause companies or their employees to switch health plans. How do managed care organizations cope with the turnover phenomenon?
Some say much-discussed “alternative” treatments such as acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and traditional chiropractic should be provided by managed care plans. “Bunk!” replies a well-known quack hunter.
Managed care brings new threats to your patients’ privacy, and some of them can spell legal danger for you. There’s no quick fix, but here are the main problem areas — and what you can do about them.

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