Managed Care


March 1997

The idea of evidence-based medicine lies at the heart of managed care. But looking only at today's fairly crude quality indices would be like measuring a diamond with a tape measure. Does pressure for ever-improving quality 'scores' endanger the real quality of health care?
Maria Kassberg ; Paul Wynn
More often than you'd think, says this attorney, malpractice cases turn on the question of whether test results were properly communicated to patients. Here's where danger lies — and how to protect yourself.
Marc Mandell, J.D.
Thinking about joining other providers in your area in an integrated health care delivery system? To ensure that your IDS isn't just a "field of dreams," be sure to take into account how you will market it.
Alan K. Vitberg, M.B.A. ; Diane Soehner, M.B.A.
Can quality in health care be measured? The National Committee for Quality Assurance, the leading HMO accrediting organization, is making an ambitious attempt — and not without controversy. Here the NCQA's president offers views on the measurement effort and what it means for physicians.