To Tell the Truth: Disclosing the Incentives and Limits of Managed Care
Morreim, E. Haavi
American Journal Of Managed Care. 1997 Jan; 3(1): 35-43.
As managed care becomes more prevalent in the United States, concerns have arisen over the business practices of managed care companies. A particular concern is whether patients should be made aware of the financial incentives and treatment limits of their healthcare plan. At present, managed care organizations are not legally required to make such disclosures. However, such disclosures would be advisable for reasons of ethical fidelity, contractual clarity, and practical prudence. Physicians themselves may also have a fiduciary responsibility to discuss incentives and limits with their patients. Once the decision to disclose has been made, the managed care organization must draft a document that explains, clearly and honestly, limits of care in the plan and physician incentives that might restrict the care a patient receives.
Autonomy; Conflict of Interest; Contracts; Consent; Consultation; Disclosure; Economics; Ethics; Forms; Gatekeeping; Guidelines; Health; Health Care; Incentives; Informed Consent; Institutional Policies; Legal Obligations; Managed Care Programs; Moral Obligations; Managed Care; Organizations; Patient Advocacy; Patients; Physicians; Quality of Health Care; Referral and Consultation; Remuneration; Review; Standards; Withholding Treatment;
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