February 1997

Computerized clinical records can give a health care plan a competitive edge, but implementation is challenging. Some institutions are closing in on the automated patient record; others have miles to go.
Open a newspaper or magazine or turn on your television these days, and you’ll soon see a report that casts an HMO in a bad light. Here are 10 reasons for managed care’s current run of bad publicity.
In the September Managed Care, consultant Thomas Garvey wrote that “Physicians Must Create Their Own HMOs.” We invited well-argued replies from readers who disagreed, and we got this one.
Too often, physicians pay some money, take custody of charts and then sit back hoping something good comes of it. A more active approach can work wonders, says this practice management consultant.

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