How mental health providers see managed care.
This paper reports findings from two focus groups on managed care conducted in a large U.S. city in 1989. Questions addressed included how managed care had affected mental health practice, specific experiences with managed care, the mechanisms of managed care, and how managed care could be improved. The practitioners complained of multiple problems, but clearly distinguished between "good" and "bad" firms. Firms seen as more positive struck a balance between quality care and cost containment, built ongoing relationships with providers, and negotiated with providers, rather than prescribing a treatment plan. The authors conclude that some of the poor reception by providers of managed care may have been created unnecessarily by firms which have not attended to these factors, and that attention to such factors might lead to a more ready acceptance of managed care.
Thompson, JW; Smith, J; Burns, BJ; Berg, R
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