May 1997

How do you find out whether a given capitation rate will be profitable for your practice? Activity-based cost accounting is one tool that can help. An accountant explains how it works.

Pam Schuneman, C.P.A., M.B.A.

Looking for the single secret that will allow you to master managed care? Don’t read on. Peter Kongstvedt, M.D., insists that the industry is too diverse to be understood by any one key.
Streamlining your practice’s office dictation may not rank number one on the HMOs’ wish lists. But since when do managed care physicians have money to toss out the window?

Sharon Carter

The roots of modern managed care go back to prepaid health plans of the 19th century, but many of the concepts we use today were embraced in ancient times. The Babylonians had a system with many parallels to the present one.

Allen D. Spiegel, Ph.D.

A Pennsylvania family physician saw a recent Managed Care article on communicating test results to patients and decided to share with readers some of the tools he uses for this important task. Here’s what he offers.

Carl J. Forster, D.O.

Managed care is in the business of holding down costs. Generics cost less than brands. But there are many pressures from patients, physicians — even employers — to stick with the branded products.

Deborah Epstein

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