The Stages of Managed Care Regulation: Developing Better Rules
Noble, Alice A.
Brennan, Troyen A.
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 1999 Dec; 24(6): 1275-1305.
The managed care industry is at a crossroads. Belief in the ability of market forces alone to create an environment fostering quality health care at lower cost is eroding. Regulators across the country are confronted with a growing consumer backlash against managed care. As a result, states have passed managed care reform legislation at unprecedented rates. In doing so, states are confronted with a patchwork of federal intervention and preemption. We examine the stages of these recent state and federal developments and evaluate them in terms of the traditional objectives of a reasonably functioning health care system: quality care, access, and cost containment.
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