September 1999

Florida Medicaid Moves Toward Direct Contracting

Florida will soon test a program that could provide competition for HMOs serving the Medicaid population. Other states are watching.

Frank Diamond

Lessons have been learned from early PHOs, which lacked direction and had misaligned interests between hospitals and physicians.

MargaretAnn Cross

Electoral politics, the Internet, and much more sophisticated patients have all helped to redistribute power among managed care players.

Frank Diamond

The per-visit cost of a house call is high, but used judiciously, this practice can lower overall medical costs — not to mention provide better care.

Ed Rabinowitz

This physician and his backers are making a $100 million bet that electronic patient records, and widespread access to them through the Internet, are not far away for most practices.

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