450_M3_Case_ Managed Care

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Background Reading
 Ferris, T. G., et al. (2001). Leaving Gatekeeping Behind — Effects of Opening Access to Specialists for Adults in a Health Maintenance Organization. New England Journal of Medicine 345 (18), 1312-1317. Retrieved from http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/345/18/1312. PLEASE READ ABSTRACT ONLY. Scandlen, G. (2005). Consumer-driven health care: Just a tweak or a revolution? Health Affairs 24(6), 1554. Stiefel, R. H. (2010). Analysis: New hospital accreditation agency falls short. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, 44(4), 328-30.

A few years ago, some opined that managed care was either dead or nearly dead. Years later, managed care seems stronger than ever, or is it? After reading the background information, conduct additional research and respond to the below questions.

Assignment

  1. What is managed care and where did it come from?
  2. Discuss the current state of managed care in the U.S. health care system.
  3. Briefly explain some of the potential impact of health care reform initiatives on managed care in the U.S.
  4. Be sure to properly cite all references.

LENGTH: Your paper should be 3 (900 words) pages typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point font, and meet the exact number of pages specified in the assignment instructions.

COVER PAGE: Copy the exact assignment onto your cover page (the actual questions or task).

REFERENCES: Cite your references in the text of all papers and on the reference list at the end. For examples, review the way the references are listed in the modules and on the background reading list.

PRECISION: Each question of the assignment is specifically addressed in the paper.

CLARITY: The paper reads clearly (i.e., it is not confusing) and is well-structured. Subheadings are used to guide the reader.

BREADTH: The paper presents appropriate breadth covering the questions of the assignment (multiple perspectives and references, multiple issues/factors considered, as appropriate).

DEPTH: The paper presents points that lead to a deeper understanding of the matters and/or issues being discussed and integrates several points into coherent conclusions.

EVIDENCE: Statements and points are well-supported with facts or statistics, and references.

CRITICAL THINKING: Set aside personal biases and instead approach the subject matter using available scholarly evidence. Consider the strengths and weaknesses of competing arguments/perspectives on this topic. Having read these scholarly sources, make a judgment as to the merit of the arguments presented therein.

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