About Managing Managed Care
Jeffrey: Beautiful Site! Good Content. Congrats!
This website is entirely about doing the right thing at the right time and place in health care
Health care reform is vital to our economy and our health as individuals and a nation. The three main objectives in reform are 1) contain costs, 2) improve quality while 3) maintaining equitable access. Balancing this three-legged stool is difficult, but it can be done.
What we are not here to discuss, however, is "Managed Care,"* per se because right now it's "Accountable Care," and yesterday it was MCO or HMO/PPO or Medical Home—merely recycling what amounts to “accountability” i.e., semantics.
Read on and we will reveal when management is not improving the processes or outcomes of care. Moreover, we will tell you when proposed reform initiatives are real or the proponents (often self-serving) or politicians are merely playing a 'shell game' with your and our lives.
Our writers and editors are experienced managers of health care and very cognizant of the main reason why reform is not going well (despite the rhetoric)—it’s a matter of not knowing what works and shameful misalignment in incentives.
* Managed Care is defined for these purposes as a system of health care management that is intended to reduce inappropriate and/or unnecessary health care expenditures. Modus Operandi: Aligning patient and practitioner economic incentives so that all the key players–patients, practitioners and public–understand that there are usually options and that one should strive to select care that provides optimal value.+
Health Maintenance Organizations and Preferred Provider Organizations, for example, use various mechanisms to optimize value, but the key ones include measurement and management, continuity of care, follow-up, incentive alignment and caring.
+ Df. "Value," a relationship of perceived and objectively measured quality, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit and appropriate access.
Please Note: ManagingManagedCare.com is a Content Management System built on Drupal 7; it employs a unique rubric and taxonomy, which has been demonstrated to reduce some of the enormous complexity of health care.
Jeffrey Gene Kaplan, MD, MS (A 30-year veteran physician executive.)